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