Monthly Archives: December 2013

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

New Year’s Eve. A time to look forward. A time to look back.  I thought you might like to take a walk through my Bordeaux Christmas pictures… Happy 2014.  Be of good cheer. (The pics are on a random loop … Continue reading

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Chestnuts Roasting by a Wood-Burning Fire

Picture coziness and warmth near a wood-burning stove with Rudie, the black Labrador house guest, napping on the rug and me, the white American house guest, curled up on the couch enjoying BBC Christmas specials with tea and Christmas cake.  … Continue reading

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All is Calm, All is Bright

Another picture from Christmastime…the medieval stone walled bastide town of Castillonés rising from its perch on a hillside.  Darkness lit softly and occasionally by street lamps and Christmas lights dangling over deserted streets.  The echoes of voices singing as we … Continue reading

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Oh Bring Me Some Figgy Pudding

My first French noël was like living in Christmas carols.  Picture…a large gathering around a festive table after dining on turkey dinner.  Entering from the warm kitchen, a flaming bread pudding with a holly leaf branch rising from the middle.  I … Continue reading

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Figuring It Out

By it, I mean my electricity use. I’ve been a little depressed because I can’t seem to wrap my head around how to reduce my consumption and the current situation isn’t tenable.  I’m now using a space heater (rather than the wall … Continue reading

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Lullabye and Good Night

It really could have happened sooner and it’s absolutely ok that it didn’t. I have finished my bedroom!  I now have pillows, sheets, comforter, duvet cover, and blanket.  I have closet equivalents and hangers.  I have a makeshift nightstand holding … Continue reading

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Having Fun!

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What’s Cookin’?

This BWC group met today for a themed luncheon-Personal Traditional Holiday Favorites.  I made French toast casserole because it’s not Christmas morning unless that streusel topped wonder (or maybe cinnamon rolls) wafts out from the oven.  It was enjoyed as … Continue reading

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Consider It A Coup

Thanksgiving dinner with Democrats Abroad was a huge success.  Not only was there a 12 kg turkey (think lots of dark meat), there were at least five varieties of stuffing, mashed and sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, a variety of vegetable … Continue reading

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