16 December 2011


The only thing that really cheers me up in winter is looking forward to spring, summer and autumn.

APR 2011 - nThe château in spring. 

OK, it’s nice to get cosy with the fire going in the hearth, the Christmas tree twinkling away, a glass of mulled wine and the Strictly final on the telly.  All three of us, me, Nick and the dog, getting comfy on the sofa – Lulu stretched out in the middle and us squashed in at each end, a large ginger fluffy tail wafting across our eyes as she turns round and obscures the view of the best quickstep ever seen in the competition.

APR 2011 - cFlowers from Mme. André, left on the doorstep at Easter.

It’s even nice to get togged up really warm and go for an occasional long walk, noses glowing, then come back to a lovely warm house and a comforting cup of tea.

But the reality of winter is cold, cold and more cold, mixed with grey, damp and dark.  And of course the dreaded snow.  Once Christmas is over, for us it’s batten down the hatches, and keep going until spring.  What a pity we can’t just hibernate.

APR 2011 - m1 Isabella and Amélie prepare some leftover BBQ bits for Lulu last April.

So I have been looking back at our photos for this last year and realise that we have so far spent the equivalent of eight wonderful weeks in Le Grand-Pressigny and for most of the time the sun shone beautifully.

The photos fall into a few obvious themes : flowers, friends, food and sunshine.  It’s great to have all that under our belts and to look forward to more of the same.

APR 2011 - k Walt’s magnificent rhubarb crumble tart.

I’m going to post some of my favourite photos while we busy ourselves with Christmas – I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

APR 2011 - x At the Paulmy brocante last Easter.


  1. Ahhh, how comforting to remember that not all is dank, wet, cold and gloomy. Thanks for the memory and best wishes for a Very Merry, snuglly, cozy Christmas and Happy New Year. Are you all snowed in over there?

  2. Batten down the hatches, it'll soom be Spring, and from the 21st, the days get longer...something to really look forward to.


  3. You are so right, looking forward to spring and summer is a cheering thought. The weather here is horrible today and the rain gauge is over flowing since being emptied last night!!!
    Somehow we have to get to Angouleme this afternoon to see the specialist. Not a nice thought going out in this.
    Looking forward to the final tomorrow, I am still wild about Harry :) Diane xx

  4. Walt's rhubarb tart looks delicious!

  5. Could of done with one those violins because Lester's has broken. Could do with a bit of that scrumptious tart because I didn't have time to cook and a yoghurt does not quite hit the spot when it is cold. Those flowers looked lovely - all we have ever had left on our doorstep was a bag of bruised apple drops for the piggies. And we do not have a grand chateau on our doorstep, only little ones dotted here and there! But we do have lots of mud!!! Wishing you well, wishing you all the best for the Christmas season, and wishing you blessings for 2012.

  6. I know how you feel... about winter. That's why we left New England for Southern California nearly 20 years ago and that's why we chose Sevilla (which does get cooler than we're used to, but is NOT New England). We had breakfast in the sun out on the plaza this morning. But I definitely NEED some of that beautiful rhubarb pie.

  7. Ah, it won't be long before the rhubarb comes back up! Beautiful shots!