December 31, 2012

TWELVE MONTHS IN TWELVE DAYS

ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS – THE MONTH OF JULY.

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On 1st July we braved the cold wet weather and went to Clumber Park for a walk and to see the walled kitchen garden.  You would have thought it was the middle of March, not July.

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After an awful drive down through France in torrential rain, we arrived chez nous to find the sun was out.  We spent the evening meeting up with friends and enjoying the music festival at Barrou – Les Barroudeurs.

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I did quite a bit of baking and made, amongst others, a chocolate Guinness cake for Ken and Walt, and a pink birthday cake for Elizabeth.

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Ken introduced us to Patricia at Domaine de la Renaudie, where we discovered that we enjoy winetasting even more than we thought.

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Lots of local Bastille Day celebrations were cancelled due to the weather and ours was almost a washout – but the rain cleared up about 8pm and we soldiered on – in our scarves and anoraks.

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But the weather wasn’t all bad.  On a lovely sunny day we visited Montpoupon with our friends Gail and Chris and treated ourselves to a posh lunch at the Auberge du Château.

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And we had enough fine days to do quite a bit of tootling around on our motorcycles.

When we got back to the UK after our July holiday, Olympic fever had taken hold of the nation, and amazingly the weather was kind to us for most of the games.

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Oh no, four years already !!

Last but not least, it was Lulu’s birthday in the middle of the month.

HAVE A GREAT NEW YEAR’S EVE !!

4 comments:

  1. Really enjoying your 12 monthe reportage :-)

    and those cakes .... oh so scrumptious looking!!!

    Happy New Year's Eve to you and Nick

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  2. Bonne Année and many happy cakes for 2013! Best wishes from Pauline & Tim

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  3. Bonne année, une excellente santé and lots of luck. Martine

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