Wednesday, 31 December 2014

What a lovely Christmas

We’ve just spent our very first Christmas in France and it was quite different. Much quieter and more low key than in England, especially as there’s no Boxing Day either. Even though there would only be the two of us, we had decided to have a traditional Christmas with a lovely turkey dinner and crackers. But just a few days before the big day, our son booked flights to come and see us. To say we were excited was an understatement. We had 6 fantastic days with him, eating and drinking too much, going for lovely walks, making silly faces and relaxing. He brought us lots of goodies to eat, things that he thought we might not be able get here – Paxo, Bisto granules, Matchmakers, Chocolate Brazils, Fudge, Lime Pickle, Coconut curry sauce, Pickled onions, Gherkins and loads more. When he found out that I hadn’t planned to make yorkies, he said he would make them. They were brilliant and a rose lot better than mine. But, note one is missing, apparently it needed a taste test, so didn’t quite make it to the plate!!  We Skyped and phoned our families in England to wish them a Merry Christmas. It’s great to have the technology that brings everyone together. Sadly our other son couldn’t make it as he worked on Christmas Eve, but we hope to see him in the New Year.

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Me and Daz
Yorkies
Me and Roger

10 comments:

  1. So glad you had such a lovely surprise & a great first Christmas in your new French home.
    Bonne Annee to you both. Luv Dibs & Brian xx

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    1. It was lovely but it went all too quickly. Have a great 2015 xxx

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  2. Oh I didn't know that you were writing a blog and that you had actually moved to France! Anyway, I have found your blog, and have enjoyed looking at the photos and seeing what you are getting up to, and look forward to reading about your new life here. Wishing you a superb and happy 2015. Gosh! I feel so excited that you are actually here, even though you are quite some distance from us. Not to worry, blogland will keep us in touch. Vx

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    1. Hi Vera. We've been here since the end of July and enjoying the challenge. We decided to do the house first and then get some animals later, so the other way round to you. We might be driving close to your front door at the end of the month, as we hope to ski in the Pyrenees x

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    2. Just in case........ we are about thirty minutes north of Tarbes, at the very top of region 65700 (the Haute Pyrenees) on the D935 so if you are passing , then would love for you to stop by. Can't put you up unfortunately, but there is a Chambre d'hote opposite to us who might. Me and Smeggy could feed you though!

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    3. Thanks Vera. Our plans aren't definite yet but we'd love to call in and meet you. We could do that on our way back. Will let you know if we book. It all depends on the snow x

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  3. So glad that your first french Christmas was so great. We missed you both, but chatting on skype made you feel very close.
    Looking forward to seeing you in March. much love. xx

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    1. We had a lovely time and Darrel made it extra special. Looking forward to seeing you both too. March will be here in no time x

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  4. How I envy you, we did not enjoy our two weeks in the UK and I think with everyone sneezing on the plane, Nigel is on the point of going down with something! I cannot make Yorkshire puddings they just go flat on me!!!!!! Have a fantastic 2015, we wish you everything that you wish yourselves, Diane and Nigel xx

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    1. Sorry to hear your Christmas wasn't good, perhaps you need to have a French Christmas next time. Hope Nigel wards off any snuffles. Best wishes to you both for 2015 x

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