For those of you who have visited and stayed with us at Le Moulin for your holiday in France, you will probably recognise those snowy features in the photograph as the garden beyond your sunny patio area.
Certainly looks a little different at this time of year as we approach the festive season.
One thing you can be sure of right now is that we are certainly enjoying the huge log fire in our living area and are very glad to have it. It would definitely be a little bit on the chilly side without it.
But aside from it being a little bit chilly we can't help feeling how lovely everything looks now the snow has arrived, walking out with the dog with the crunch of the snow underfoot is proving to be a very pleasant pass time. Particularly with the many woodland walks we have available which means that we don't even have to contemplate getting into the car.
Collecting wood for the fire has become a bit of a priority all of a sudden but it is very gratifying when a few hours labour turns into a roaring fire and the source of some traditional entertainment. I have always loved to watch a real fire, more than the TV in truth, but a little bit of music going on in the background is quite nice as well, very cosy.
So for those who are reading at this time of year we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Next year we will have the log burning stove installed in the gite, so if you like the sound of a Christmas in France, we could be persuaded.
If you are looking for some ideas for Christmas dinner then you might like to have a read about what we did last year on A Nearly White Christmas.
The stuffing was absolutely gorgeous and it has just reminded me that we need to get some goose fat from somewhere for the roasties, eating is believing. .
Nigella Lawson definitely got that one right.
Oh and Carcassonne can be pretty impressive over the festive period as well. This is a little shot of last years light show in Gambetta Square.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE