Thursday, 18 December 2008

Joyeux Noel !! See You Next Year!

Lots of things happening at this end, so I have not been able to find the time to blog.

I promise to resume the 'tales of our life' towards the end of January 2009 (wow, that sounds funny as I type! 2009 ?!).

Until then, we would like to wish you and all your loved ones a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thursday, 4 December 2008

When The Chicken Crossed The Road

I love soup. When I say love, I mean LOVE.

So that means we have homemade soup fairly regularly - which the girls are oh so happy about, as you can imagine!

Roast chicken for dinner - the odds are that we will be having chicken soup the next day for lunch. And I never believe the girls when they suddenly remember that they have an unexpected extra lesson slotted in between 12 and 2 o'clock at school and therefore need packed lunches!

With 'hard to find' parsnips and swede in the veg basket at the moment, it will be chicken and veg soup of course.And delicious it was. Absolutely yummy. And I was feeling very proud of myself, until Nic asked why she did not appear to have any chicken in her bowl............ turns out I had forgotten to add it. It was still on a plate in the fridge.

The dog is happy....the chicken crossed the road into her dinner bowl that night!

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Chilly Toes & Gobble Gobble

My hands and feet are naturally cold - and I get quite uncomfortable if they get warm. Especially my feet.

I now know that the cold weather has well and truly arrived here because last night I found I had chilblains in all my toes on my left foot. As far back as I can remember, I have had chilblains each winter.

I mentioned them to Richard and he was suitably sympathetic - but said that he did not know what they felt like because he had never had them! Now that is not normal is it?!
Guess what?! Christmas is going to be a good one....

....whilst in Intermarché yesterday to buy another whole salmon (to make gravlax, keep up with the story!), Richard saw that they had some turkeys!

Yes, real fresh turkeys! So one went into his shopping basket as quick as a flash - they only had four!And at Les Halles, would you believe, we found some super looking parsnips and swede - so that is our veg basket filled up for the winter!

It is the little things that you miss.....

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Must Be Love

My husband loves mince pies.

But the necessary 'mincemeat' does not exist in French food culture. You try and translate it for your neighbours - we have and they were VERY confused and bemused, I can assure you!

You cannot buy it here - unless you are prepared to drive miles and pay a king's ransom for a small jar of it.

Christmas is coming, so what does a devoted wife do?!

Make some of course!!! Surely, something with 1lb of butter and 2lb of brown sugar in it, cannot be all bad?!

I will tell you in two weeks time when it is ready to make mincepies with!

Monday, 1 December 2008


Just as the girls were going to bed last night, they formed a deputation and came to check: You have remembered to get us Advent Calendars, haven't you?!

Given that they are 12 (going on 25) and 18 years of age, I said: Surely you are both too old for them?!

Nic immediately stated that since LeeLee had had one when she was 12 years of age, Nic ought to have one!

LeeLee replied that it would be unfair if Nic had one and not her.

And so they went off to bed grumbling to each other.

This morning, happiness reigned.

I remembered where I had hidden the Advent Calendars a month ago (yes, I have been known to forget where their presents are secreted around the house!) and they were delighted to eat a minuscule morsel of cheap chocolate before going to school.

Ah! Christmas is coming!
My brother and his wife kindly sent the girls English magazines as 'alternative' Advent Calendars - and they were thrilled. Thank-you so much, Sue & Pat!