This December was busy. It was filled with sadness of saying goodbye to loved ones. But happiness made its appearance too, as life always tosses a coin with two sides.
As always, I love Christmas. This was out first year alone without the children, but it was just as much fun. I love Christmas and this year was no different, in spite of us being without out children. We prepared as if we were about to receive the whole world at out house. Of course our door stayed open to whomever wanted to enter.We made it warm and welcoming with our yearly Christmas tree, many candles to light for those we love and those we share the world with. And we gave special attention to our Christmas meals, preparing what we love and sat at our candle lit tables with so much gratitude in our hearts for all we receive in such abundance, especially the love.
We drove around to all the marchés de Noël and the fêtes de chataigne, the apple festival, the brocantes de Noël. We had coffee and croissants at our special places, we had a fantastic meal for our 33rd anniversary. We went for an apéro on horseback and stayed so late that we rode back in the dark, trusting the horses to find the road. We started a new tradition: handing a little cadeau de noël to our neighbours down the road. We cried crocodile tears listening to sad music while we remember, just because that’s what we do on Noël…in short, we had so much fun and laughter..I felt like a teenage girl with jumping emotions! Life was good to us this December.
Noël at coin Perdu
Christmas eve in white.
Scallops with parsnips and parsley sauce.
Lobster with beurre blanc and black truffle risotto.
Pavlova with mint cream and caramelized clementines.
Christmas evening was our winter forest.
My faves at the borcante de Noël.
Christmas lights in the alleys of Gramat.
Marché de Noël at Meyssac
Leftover dessert is always a good thing.
Enjoy the arrival of 2016.