Friday, 17 November 2017

Christmas is coming!

Here in France we've been protected from the usual race supermarkets in England have to get their Christmas decorations out first. One Garden center near our old village was advertising it's grotto in October one year. I'm not a Grinch but I do find that it starts too soon.

Saying that, it's almost passed me by here as there are so few adverts for the coming festivities.

Imagine my surprise then when I walk into a favourite shop to be hit with a huge wooden grotto! I had to take pictures and was almost overcome at the cuteness of it all.
It's not actually that long until Christmas and if I want to make presents for people I need to get a wriggle on! 
We've been so caught up with working on the house that the changing seasons are almost passing us by!

I was reading a lovely blog this morning, unfortunately comments are switched off, but the writer was talking about her morning routine, cleaning and feeding the animals, baking bread and cooking a lovely stew. I felt comforted and worn out at the same time, lol! Some mornings I'm just glad to get up and feed the animals before lunch time! Winter is always a struggle for me and sometimes I wake up and can barely move, but here there is no stress and I can take my time, drink some tea and ease slowly into the day.
Yesterday I was up early to collect my children from the Ferry, they'd been to England to visit family. Today I need to recover from all the driving, so I'll stay close to home, make some bread and finish Manchee's coat in between feeding the ponies and walking the dogs. A simple day for me <3


  1. We live in a small town in Suffolk so no big shops with Christmas displays, but I think the garden centres we visit will have them. I love the twinkling lights and DH goes mad with lights outside, so we will twinkle a lot!!

  2. Hi Yarrow :)) I know how you feel, winter is rough on me too, physically and emotionally. I spend a lot of time trying to make the home comfy and cozy. Baking bread is definitely something to lift the spirits!!! :) I don't know that I could care for livestock all winter long though, it's something Alex and I are considering for the future, but we are also trying to be realistic. I'm in COMPLETE Christmas mode and planning right now!!!

  3. The grotto looks lovely. I love Christmas and Danny has told me HE is cooking for us all this year to stop me getting wound up as I normally do.

    I hope you are recovered from all that driving now and have a lovely weekend.

  4. I am so not ready for Christmas. I don't think it helps that the stores put up Christmas stuff in October - some earlier! I suppose they're trying to put us in the "shopping mood," but really, it seems to be counterproductive. The other thing that doesn't help is the pop Christmas music. Nobody wants to offend anybody by mentioned JC, so there is no traditional Christmas music anymore. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's become so commercialized in the US as to not feel like it means anything any more.

  5. I couldn't agree more Leigh!

    BB, it's good to ha break from cooking, but I like doing the christmas dinner. I wonder if I'll be allowed ;)

    A warm home often helps, Rain, but it's freezing here!

    Chris, I hope you share pictures of your lights.x