Mike testing his musical abilities at the saxophone
Aside from working 6 hours a day as paid apprentices, (mainly our poor fountain restoration project and the game room), we had many hours of free time to explore –both at the chateau and in the village. Some of this free time was spent learning to play musical instruments such as the piano, saxophone, guitar, and hurdy guirdy.
Victor and Mike trying 2 hurdy guirdies (instruments going back to the middle ages)
Our sacred daily walks lead by Monique and Karen (sometimes more than 10 kilometres) around the area of Le Blanc were a time of good conversation and introspection.
Patrice taught everyone how to play the French game of petanque.
Mike, Myles and Victor playing “petanque”
Each one of the apprentices had ‘kitchen patrol’ to help with the daily meals and also learn a thing or two about food prep, cooking and nutrition.
Abraham making lunch for the group
The group scarfing the lunch