We are sitting here listening to the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College Cambridge to get us into the Christmas spirit. Although we went to a candle lit Carol service on Wednesday in a village in the Dordorgne . It was in French and English so we sang carols in both languages and of course there was the usual nativity play (with the angels fidgeting and dancing as usual). Plus ca change!! We thoroughly enjoyed it and the mulled wine and stollen afterwards were most welcome as we could see our breath as we sang the carols. French churches are not reknown for being warm. We have also been imbibing the "spirit" with friends coming to dinner and going to others, so it seems like a "normal" Christmas Season.
We have been looking back at photos of Christmas Eve 2006. We woke up to a frost this morning and last year we had a haw frost on the trees. However this year it turned out to be a glorious day.
The other difference to last year is that we are lovely and warm when we are inside as well as out. Our stoic builders have been at it again today and we now have a window in the kitchen as well as a back door and Patrick has finished building the door to the salon. We are really excited and they are the best Christmas presents we could have. (We know we're sad).
I am just checking out my eventual bedroom.
This morning we went to the market at Cahors to buy our meal for tonight. They have the most fabulous goodies for Christmas. We are going to Bob and Veronica's (who live near Cognac) tomorrow so we are having a French Christmas; big Christmas Eve meal followed by pressies.
Opera au Poisson (sort of fishey patisserie)
Stuffed Quail with Mushroom Sauce with begnets de cepes (a sort of wild mushroom doughnut), sauted potato, chestnuts and mushrooms, and pureed carrot and celery.
Fromage (not sure I can manage it)
Quercy nut pastry and fig wrapped in marzipan
All washed down with 50p bottle of bubbly!!
Sorry if you have been slaving over a hot stove, I haven't been slaving over my two rings.
Got to go now to start eating, enjoy yours.