Tag Archives: Christmas

Food and festivities

First of all, we know we have already said this, but for the first post of 2018 can we wish everybody a happy New Year where ever you are. We had family down for Christmas – Mark, Alice, Thomas and … Continue reading

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Joyeux Noël !

We thought we’d post some Christmas pictures, in no particular order. There’s a long tradition in France of local fire units coming round and giving you a rather amateur calendar in return for a donation: fair enough, the death and … Continue reading

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Christmas preparations, a death and a president

Rather to our surprise we suddenly find ourselves less than a dozen days to Christmas. No less surprising is the fact that, at the end of December, we will have been in our house here in Taradeau for three years. … Continue reading

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Snow

Given that the winter months down here are December, January and February there was something very appropriate about the first winter storms occurring on Saturday 2nd December. As regular readers will know everybody here has been desperately anxious for precipitation … Continue reading

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A Christmas retrospective

As we’ve noted before, Christmas in France is thankfully neither as long-lived nor as manic as in the UK. The decorations never go up much before mid November, when the supermarkets fill their ‘seasonal’ aisles with toys and chocolate and … Continue reading

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Often Christmas but never winter

The first thing to say about this Christmas is that in one sense it hasn’t been very Christmassy. As you probably have heard, the dry and extraordinarily warm weather has continued in our part of Europe. Streams are dry, mimosa … Continue reading

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The Provençal crèche

With the exception of the episode of the intense rain and flooding at the start of October it has been a long, dry and warm autumn here. In fact, if it isn’t too hurtful for those of you enduring the … Continue reading

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