Christmas Eve in Beaulieu

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

apart from those buggers with tippex on their tail
to show that Pat in his mouse clearing was doomed to fail

Those who had come back after being dumped in the nearby (too near it turns out) field. Actually it’s been quiet of late mouse-wise (cue biblical plague in the basement, thinks Pat magically), just the occasional whisker twitching visitor.

It’s just growing dark here, the Christmas icicle lights are on and our Christmas tree illuminating the front window glows merrily with its gaily wrapped presents underneath. Our super efficient Pere Noël has already been and filled our Christmas stockings. We two sit festively in the kitchen with cups of tea, Delia on her Nintendo and me on my laptop!

This morning we had taken part in the local ex-pat tradition of a mass dog walk. About 20 by my count, Siena had a great time! A lovely social event around a lake and finished off with mulled wine and mince pies. Delia is revelling in her second day of genuine holiday, so much so that we slept in this morning and nearly missed getting out in time for the dog walk.  The afternoon was spent filling in the gaps in our Christmas card list with e-Cards.

Last Sunday I went to the Marché de Noël in Chassenon. After a foggy start for the morning dog walk, it had cleared to the extent that I needed sunglasses on the start of the drive. At the market however, the fog stuck all morning and it sucked all the warmth out of me. We had a “photo assignment” of “All that glitters” but the cold made many of the stall holders grumpily complain about us snapping their wares, as if we were going to scamper off and maliciously reproduce their artisan creations in competition at the next market (at which mostly the same people attend – behind and in front of the stalls). I still managed a few shiny shots.

New Year’s resolutions?
More of the same I guess:
-Continue to slowly build Bell-Computing business,
-Keep improving my French,
-Make more of the social stuff started off this year
-More specifics ie plans rather than hopes
-Redo the bathroom (lino, paint, new sink base, tidy up around the shower)
-Redo the living room (paint, floor, wall bookcase…)
-Finish the repointing!
So on that note, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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