A chilly start to the day. The sky a frosty chalky blue. Outside The Rickety Old Farmhouse the beep of an asthmatic horn followed by the crashing of gears tells us that Madame Bay has returned from the retired gendarmes Christmas trip to Madrid. '' The food wasn't good " her somewhat curt take on the Spanish capital.
Madame Bay has been shopping. Blue plus fours, an almost matching smock and perched above it all a jello green coloured beret speckled with glass beads . Bob quickly heads upstairs before he can be caught in a Lily of the Valley scented hug.
Bob rejoins us in time for lunch. Afterwards he and his sister play 'let's savage each other' for half an hour in the orchard. Miss Sophie makes it abundantly clear when she's had enough and wants to go in.
The hectic run-up to Christmas in deepest France profonde.
Here's a happy, if unusual, Christmas video from a part of the world where good news seems to be rare : http://video.ft.com/3957010699001/Bagpipers-bring-festive-feel-to-Jerusalem/World??ftcamp=crm/email/_DATEYEARFULLNUM___DATEMONTHNUM___DATEDAYNUM__/nbe/FirstFTEurope/product