Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happy New Year 2014

Wishing all our blog family and friends a very happy new year.


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Sunrise, Sunset

We have been so lucky in the last few weeks we have had really lovely settled weather here in Fayssac.

We have had frosty days with brilliant blue skies, we have had some foggy days and i mean pea soup fog like old London town back in Sherlock Holmes times.

We have also had some amazing sunrises and sunsets, here are a few of my favourite in the last few days.

Sunset 23rd December




Sunrise Christmas Eve





Magical foggy walk with pickle on Saturday 21st December



The fog hanging over our valley, soon burnt off by the sun.




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Merry Christmas

Vintage Christmas postcard with pets

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A few of their favourite things…..

Theres nothing Barnaby Pickles likes better than sniffing, especially when he finds a hole in the ground, after calling him for a few minutes i discovered why he wasn’t respodning he had his head down a hole snorting and grunting, the result a very dirty snout but one happy Pickle.


Our Princess Miel Miaow on the other hand has more refined taste and would much rather spend her time amongst the Christmas Presents, glitter, sparkle and bows are a few of her favourite things.



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Christmas decorations

Merry merry everyone, hope your all of your festive preparations are going well?

Ours started a few weeks ago when we bought our tree, which this year was so easy as we picked the first tree we saw as it was so lovely, in past years i have had Kev grimacing as i have made the poor tree person unwrap and show me 10 or 12 trees before choosing one, and heres the resulting tree in all its glory.


All the decorations are white, silver and crystal.


Those of you that know me will know that i love foraging for things especially greenery, so all my decorations this year are courtesy our local hedgerows, i now have a pair of secateurs permanently in my jacket pocket.


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Joyeux Noël

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Bedroom demolition

To make things beautiful you have to start with deconstruction.

So yesterday afternoon we started deconstructing one of our guest bedrooms to take it back to the bare bones before we start adding the beauty back in.

First to go its the awful tongue in grove ceiling, which came down quite easily, but their was a huge amount of dust and debris above it, anyone from outside would have thought the house was on fire with the amount of dust looking like smoke coming out of the windows.

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How do you get rid of all the rubbish? Easy chuck it out of the window………….



And there you have it a bare to the rafters ceiling, now we just have to take out all the rotten ceiling boards, replace them, put in insulation, re plaster and paint it, mmm not much to do then.


Next job stripping the lovely flowery wallpaper.


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Spot Miel



Prrrrrrrrr so many spots which one do i want?


Ohhh maybe this one



Ill just take a look




Who’s spotted me?




Oh its you prrrrrrr





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Stunning December day

Wow what a beautiful day it is here in Fayssac, just been for a walk with Mr Pickles and had to take my jacket off. It’s like a warm spring day.



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Getting ready for Christmas

Christmas celebrations have started in ernest in our part of France, Marche de Noel’s are happening in towns and villages every weekend and Christmas trees are being sold by the dozens in supermarkets.
I too have started dressing the house from the outside in…..




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My week in photos

Its been a stunning week here in the Tarn, bright blue skies, freezing nights and log fires everyday.

Ive been randomly snapping away here are a few random snapshots of my week.

The week started with a fabulous present from our dear friend Rachel who had been visiting us the previous week, she left us with a advent calendar made up of 25 presents all immaculately wrapped and numbered, as I’m typing this I’m waiting for kev to come home, he’s just flown back from London so we can open number 1.

Rachels Christmas Advent

Its been very cold here and we have had the wood burning stove on so much we have been using up our fire wood so Tuesday brought us another 3 tons of wood which yours truly had to hump and shun and stack in our wood store, i don’t mind i was just thinking of all the calories i was burning off and how many extra glasses of the red stuff i could have.




Wednesday was such an amazing sunny day, the light was incredible so i just had to snap away on my walk with Pickle.








You can just about make out our house in the centre of this silouette.



And of course i carry my secatures with me on my walks just in case i spy some nice foliage, and i did and heres what i did with it.



Thursday saw another freezing morning but lovely sunny day.




Barnaby enjoyed the rays of the day as well.




And after a long day the furry ones snoozed by the wood burner.




Friday was market day so off i went on a mission to buy cyclamen, it had to be red to add a shot of colour .












What will next week bring mmmmmmm


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