In common with the rest of Europe we have had a White Christmas. But I think we cannot be beaten as regards peace and tranquillity. We were happy to spend Christmas ‘snowed in’, that is, we take note of the ‘only drive if necessary’ advice and we have felt no compulsion to risk getting stuck on the hill or to skid into a ditch. The only traffic past our house has been the farmer on his tractor taking hay to the horses and cattle.
With the family not being able to get here this year my bank account thinks I’ve cut up my cards. For weeks we haven’t been shopping except occasionally for food and we started the winter well stocked up. No more being reduced to a diet of crackers and Marmite as last year.
We see on the UK news that the shops are already full of bargain hunters from the crack of dawn on Boxing Day. Not so here. In France the sales are regulated by the government and they don’t start until January 12 . Anyway most businesses and commerçants seem to on holiday until after New Year.
So here’s to hibernation. We’ll see you in March!