Tonight it was still, cold and clear up at Taizé and a goodly number of people had gathered for the Christmas service. The nativity scene is almost complete with the addition of baby Jesus to the crib. The Three Kings will take another couple of weeks to arrive, coming from afar as they do.
The nearby villages also make great effort to present their tableaux. The prize for originality must go to the village of Confrançon for their depiction of the manger scene. On the roof of the stable is one of the storks from Cormatin Chateau carrying the awaited baby in its beak. The baby is actually a Smurf. The storks have been rather busy this year as there are quite a lot of Smurfs in Cormatin too.
Happy Christmas to everyone!
We were pleased to see the sun come out for the last of Chris’s organised walks for this year. We set off in Donzy and walked up to the ridge to enjoy the spectacular views.
To the west we could see the Grosne valley all the way from Cluny to Cormatin. To the east were the Jura mountains and Mont Blanc. We stopped now and then to collect holly and mistletoe for Sophie’s wreath.
Finally we walked through Donzy to look at the Christmas decorations.
Back at the car we were ready for our vin chaud.
We’ll take a break from the Sunday walks as it’s the hunting season for the next couple of months and it’s best to avoid the forests and the men in orange hats with guns and dogs. So until March…
We’ve been a bit slow on the decorating front, largely because the decorations are in the attic and the ladder is at the gite. But we called in at Taizé today to see what’s happening there. It’s a Mexican Indian theme this year with colourful dreamcatchers made out of sticks bound with raffia.
However Brother Stephen’s Mary & Joseph look rather mournful; a donkey and a cow look like coming to blows over the empty crib. The sheep have yet to arrive and the shepherds are not painted in.
Last year’s effort was much livelier with wonky camels and a cage of hens. But perhaps we should wait a bit longer…. The donkey was being very patient.
Coming home we were surprised to see new additions to our village decorations. I hope Santa isn’t missing a reindeer. We also have a fox and a wild boar. Well done Martine & Martine!
I’m glad to say I’ve survived another two weeks in Glasgow. Certainly it was cold here when I returned at the weekend but it doesn’t feel as cold without the horizontal rain and sleet.
Jennifer with Maggie, Meg the dog and Me with Jo
Chris stayed at home to begin renovations at La Maison du Curé. He has gutted the bathroom and will tile the walls and insert a new shower cabinet. All the rooms are getting new mirrors and lights.
Chris left at home to renovate La Maison du Curé
Meanwhile in Glasgow it was Maggie’s 6th birthday. She invited 27 friends to her party. Fortunately it was at the local “Jungle in the City”, not at home.
Maggie blows out the candles
The girls are growing up fast. Maggie is in Primary 2 and takes extra music and French lessons. Jo, now 4, is full time at nursery and enjoys every minute.
Maggie’s French lessons will come in useful this Easter and summer when the girls stay with us in France whilst their mother takes herself off to Sierra Leone to help in the fight against ebola. It will be a change from the fast pace of city life for them and a change from the quiet life for us.