Thursday was teacher's day so the kids and teachers had a day off. It was sunny and we had decided the day before we would go skiing as a family. We got up early, Jas made pancakes for breakfast and we were ready by 9am. We went with some friends and wanted to arrive to the resort (which is only about 12km from our home but up a big hill) by 10.30 so Zalia could do a class. We finally arrived but our friends who never skied before had to get their outfits and skis. In the end Zalia did her class. Jas taught our friends the very basics of snowboarding and then we all (Jas, Joaquin and I) went for a ski. I am so proud of how Joaquin skis. He has learnt a lot and is so responsible in the snow. I am grateful for the Club Andino de Esquel for the teachers and for teaching him to ski.
Zalia had a great time and in the afternoon skied a lot with us in the beginners run. I pulled her up in the rope life (such hard work) and she skied down, so gracefully and so free. I am so proud of how she skis for a four year old little girl. She seemed to pick it up fast.! Joaquin even taught her and she followed him down the hill doing a snow plough (casita) to stop.
Driving back in the afternoon at 6.00pm. Sun is still out, it was a wonderful day and we were all exhausted. Zalia slept in the car all the way down the mountain.
It finally snowed. Yihaa Grandma... (something I used to say when I was about 12 and excited). Well we were all excited to see snow. The tourists, the people of Esquel, the skiers and snowboarders. Even the dogs. It was -9 degrees C on Saturday. However on Sunday was a touch warmer (-1) and it finally snowed and we woke up to this. We took Joaquin at 8.15 to his ski club. He ended up skiing quite a bit in the morning and then there was a storm in the afternoon. We had the fire going on all day. So lovely.
Jas made roast veggies and roast chook for dinner. And then Zalia played by the fire with playmobil, Joaquin watched an Australian tv show "good games" for noobs on the ipad and we cleared up and went to bed.
My blog posts are about what we do some of the days during our life. At the moment they are during our life in Patagonia. There are great things about living here: the scenery, the openness of the landscape, the snowy mountains, the cheap ski classes for my kids, the country living, my work, my parents who live in the same spot as us, my children being close to their parents, my children learning spanish, my children not involved in the consumer lifestyle that envelopes us all when we live in Sydney or Australia, the learning to make things from scratch-curries, sourdough bread, greek yoghurt, feta cheese..... The not so great things about living here is: the isolation, the cold, the limited food, the limited food outlets, the coldness of the people, no friends, no jobs for Jason, no australians, no friends (again), no colleagues close by, the lack of beaches close by, the lack of great clothing shops that are found in Sydney, walking everywhere like I used to do in Randwick, no second hand shops, no cinemas, no cousins for my kids, the very sloooowwww internet. I feel at times nostalgic of my life in Sydney when my kids were smaller. I walked everywhere, I took my kids everywhere in the double Phil and Ted's pram. I walked to the beach, walked to get smoothies, walked into second hand shops, had lunch with friends, let the kids splash on the beach, walked to the library, to the parks and playgrounds. It is all a life time away. Anyway just some words on how I feel today. Better get back to work.
Last night I made some home made pies. I used babymac's potpie recipe but I also used Jamie Oliver's chicken pie recipe from 30 minute meal book. I first poached the chicken breasts in stock with pepper balls, bay leaves and thyme. Then i fried garlic, leek slices, some onion and then sliced mushroom. I added the chicken which I had previously shredded to the pan. I added some stock 400ml, cream and mustard. It was quite yummy and we served it up with green pea mash and corn. Both my kids ate a pie each Yeahhh success!
While the holidays have started I have been busy going into my office. I go in at 8.15 am after we drop of Joaquin at the ski club. He has a bus that takes him up the mountain to La Hoya ski resort which is only 14 km. I am working on my papers. Jas stays at home and looks after Zalia, She has been drawing, painting, and Jas even made some coloured play dough, which was a hit. Dinner has mostly been steamed veges and some sort of meat or chicken schnitzel.
Joaquin started his first day of ski camp. It was cold outside, there is not too much snow hopefully he can start to ski. Last night we had pizza for dinner, and will have it for left overs today. We bought some facturas for breakfast.