After a nice sleep in and a breakfast of croissants Kris started work on the laundry and Mark took Erin, Tyler & Jacob on a 'Bear Hunt' in the forest on the property we are staying at. Jacob went racing on ahead and stumbled straight in to some stinging nettle - very itchy and welts came up on his leg. We eventually found the 300-year-old oak tree at the bottom of the forest and along the way detoured off to see the 50-year-old apple orchard from which they make amazing sweet, rich apple juice (it has no sugar added). In the afternoon we drove across to Mirepoix which is a beautiful little medieval town - all the little shops, cafes and restaurants were open and lots of outside stalls had been setup as well as a Jazz band and a very old merry-go-round. It was very cold and wet by the time we got there so we drank hot coffee and chocolate and ate our baguettes & ham followed by amazing little deserts from the patisserie. We also bought some lovely fig nougat and some bread to take home. We headed home for a quiet night and it was nice to cook our own food again - we ate early and then all crammed on the couch under a blanket (it's cold here still) and watched Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo on the laptop.
Here's the website of where we are staying: www.ariege-gites.com