Tuesday, December 25, 2018

A very merry Christmas.

A Merry Christmas to one and all from everyone here at The Rickety Old Farmhouse.

So far this morning we've been on a tour of the village to look at the decorations put up by the mayors secretary.

Last years decorating style was minimalist. This year it's minimalism in extremis. Two strands of tinsel on the box trees by the war memorial, four baubles on a cypress tree in front of the church and a small tree and a length of red tinsel on the town hall terrace.

The bakers is packed and Buche de Noel are flying out of the display cabinet. The PONs get the curly ends from a Christmas croissant.

Sophie has been checked by the vet. The growth on the side of her muzzle is a wart. This is a great Christmas present.

Carol of the day. As the French would say '' Oh so British " : https://vimeo.com/231529360

And a guide for those wanting to see The Northern Cross :https://www.space.com/42845-christmas-night-sky-stargazing-guide.html?utm_source=notification

The most expensive potato chips in the world - and they're from Sweden ( although 'The Font' is not impressed ) : https://twitter.com/businessinsider/status/1077369333783904262


  1. Merry Christmas from the Westcoast of Canada.......to all in the R.O.F. household. Your house looks splendid, all aglow - and with the Font at the helm of the stove.......your Christmas meal will be delicious. Guaranteed. May your New Year be filled with continuous croissant ends, bakers
    in good moods with abundant selections, continued exotic produce, and lovely news from Veterinarians like you received today about SOPHIE.
    'Best Christmas Present' indeed! For us as well, your Pon-crazed audience. Sending warmest greetings to all.

  2. I must say that I have never been so happy to hear the news that it is just a wart. A true Christmas miracle.

    Crazy decorating with the tinsel. We saw the news tonight that showed the Churchill Arms in London - https://www.fullers.co.uk/blog/pubs-articles/most-festive-pub-the-churchill-arms . Now that is showing the festive spirit.

    Merry Christmas to you all.

    Julie and Poppy Q

  3. Delighted to hear it's just a wart. A splendid Christmas present! I thought our local decorations were minimalist, but yours make ours look positively exhuberant. Very best wishes to all in the PON household for Christmas and the New Year.

  4. Hari OM
    I too think Sophie's news is a good present... and wonder at the bother the 'assistant' went to in decorating. Meanwhile, the ROF looks festive and welcoming and I hope it is filled today with Love and Blessings. YAM xx

  5. Yes, great news it's just a wart - it's like a canine version of the mayor's kidney stones.

    Merry Christmas to everyone!

    1. Hadn't thought of it like that but you are absolutely right !

  6. Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas!

  7. Merry Christmas to all at the ROF and readers all over the world! Sophie’s news is the best ever!

  8. Merry Christmas to the ROF. Thank you, Angus, for a year of the PONS and life in France.

  9. Oh thank goodness! A wart, and I was expecting the worst. Merry Christmas to y'all!

  10. The Happiest of Christmases to you all!
    So relieved about Sophie!

  11. Such good Sophie news. The lights at the ROF seem to be shining even brighter today.
    The Cambridge music is lovely, glorious music and ritual so very well done.

  12. Aren't warts beautiful????? We are so happy for all at the ROF!
    Merry Christmas!

  13. The only blog I am reading today. Such wonderful news, we were both so concerned. Merry Christmas from our house to yours. We are blessed to have our power back after 40 hours without it thanks to a devestating wind storm here on Vancouver Island. Others are still without from last Thursday.

  14. Merry Christmas. I hope you all have a wonderful day (with lots of smiles and PON tails wagging) and 2019 is the best year ever for all at the ROF.

  15. Merry Christmas to all of you at the ROF. Looking forward to the best year ever, filled with croissant ends, bottomless yogurt pots, voles, guarding, power walks around the lake, touch rugby and of course, Manos a mano on the storm drain! Hoping you and Bob can set the world to rights in 2019!

  16. Merry Christmas to all the inhabitants of the ROF. Your blog help to make the world a better place through stories that take dogs seriously. Happy Christmas and ear scratches to Bob and Sophie. I have been thinking a lot of Wilf this Christmas as our Westie Hamish shuts his little personality down (except for some zoomies in his cousins’ beloved backyard). It’s good to have thought about this before through the internet. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  17. Merry Xmas from NZ. :) so glad it’s just a wart.