There’s a little oasis of calm between Christmas and New Year. There’s no such thing as Boxing Day here; I’m always surprised to go out on Boxing Day morning to find everybody working as usual. Likewise New Year doesn’t drag on interminably as I remember it in rural Scotland.
With the urgency of Christmas gone (too late now to remember who you should have sent cards to) we can enjoy the Christmas period at leisure.
Yesterday we went off with a group of friends for a walk up to Taizé. We found it deserted as the brothers have gone off to Strasbourg for their yearly gathering. Nobody was there but the virgin mother with child and kneeling shepherds, and the hens. The Three Kings had felt it safe to move from the shelter of the hens’ enclosure and had inched nearer the crib.
In the evening we went for a stroll around Mâcon to see the Christmas lights. Mostly in silver and gold, they were rather sophisticated.
We stayed for a while watching the children enjoying the ice rink on the Quai Lamartine. Well not ice exactly but Teflon. Much smoother than ice and there’s no getting a cold wet bottom when you fall.
Each of the roundabouts in Mâcon was beautifully decorated even though some of the themes were not particularly Christmassy. Here’s a very springlike golden bunny with daisies!
It’s time to look back on the year. Chris is getting together some photos of a few of the events we have enjoyed in Cortambert during 2013. Soon to appear on www.cortambert.eu.
Here’s wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year for 2014!