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Our new life in 'Les Vosges'

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We got creative and decorated the chimney

We tackled some of my crazy ideas on the chimney. I wanted to try mosaic so we bought some mosaic squares. However it would have been well too easy to apply the squares as they came and instead I decided to cut them and created a nightmare of a puzzle.
‘Hi Five’ to my awesomely patient husband for agreeing to it and well…..applying it to the chimney.
I love the result.
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Matt repurposed the wood from an old bed for the bottom part of the chimney.
He cleaned and painted the sides of the chimney, grouted the mosaic and finished off with painted trims.
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Et voila! 😉


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In January, the carpenters worked their magic

Matt has managed to somehow repair my laptop so I am back blogging. We’re already in March and I haven’t posted anything since the holidays in December.

So the carpenters were here most of January and got busy changing the rotten beams. Additionally they also removed the metal cable, which was holding the walls and replaced it with a couple of beams. Awesome. We won’t have to knock our heads constantly anymore.
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Matt also came to their help and welded some brackets for them.
There was a little bit of wood left over, however some was just too eaten! 😉
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What is a man to do with all that wood? A Swedish Torch.
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So after the first phase, that’s how the upstairs looked.
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Then, they removed the cable!
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But we kept a small bit, just right for hanging kids out to dry.
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Christmas holidays: freezing fog; sub-zero temperature & still living in a mobilehome

Just a quick overview of our December’s Holiday in Les Vosges.
Since the kids actually chose their Christmas presents in Leclerc as they are now aware that ‘Le Père Noel’ does not exist, we didn’t see fit to wrap them up and put them at the bottom of the tree.
Instead we did a treasure hunt on Christmas Eve.
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Rhys had chosen something that wouldn’t have even fitted in our old home in Pembury!
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Saf chose a sewing machine. Unfortunately it broke on Day 2.
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Matt spent some time trying to repair it but without any luck. I must now try to find a ‘Repair Café’. An amazing idea where volunteers help people repairing their stuff.

So we found other activities to do and had a go at making candles.
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* This is for Karen & Nick’s daughter: Amber Rose 😉
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Then the snow arrived!!!
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And then began Saf’s snowman building’s obession…
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Nice hat, Matt! 😉
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The kids had a go on Matt’s snowboard…in our garden.
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And went sledging in the village.
The kids made another snowman with some friends. (This one has to be one of the best ever!!)
We went to Eric & Coco for a very ‘chillax New Year’Eve celebration’. We played Mr Bean in a franglais kind of manner and after a few glasses of vino, Matt showed them a few of his tricks. (his cork trick being is favourite).
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I took a walk in our field and photographed some of the animal tracks. It looks like it’s a pretty busy place at night. Something else to create later; a kind of hide to watch the animals during the night.
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The the weather turned and we experienced -12 celcius, blizzard and freezing fog and their consequences…. No more water….
So we improvised for a few days to the kids delight.
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We tried to unfreeze the pipes under the mobilehome….No luck there.
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I left a bottle of water in the mobilehome kitchen…
And I don’t mention the oil or the Nutella (which we still have to melt in the microwave).
I forgot my plants….(what kind of gardener am I!!) This is not a good sign for later. (Must do better!!)
So we heated water and had baths in a large plastic tub. 😉 like in the olden’ days.
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Frost on the window. Nothing special about that. Hang on frost on the inside of the window…okay that’s a little cold.
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The lake in Bourbonne-les-Bains was frozen.
We made bread and cakes…
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We played Cluedo and played Cluedo again and again and then hid the game. 😉 lol
Matt found some large pieces of wood to keep us warm.
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The kids were introduced to french films like Asterix & Obelix, Le gendarme a St Tropez and I finally got to watch ‘Bienvenue chez les ch’ti’, which we all loved.
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The forecast was fab for New Year’s day so headed to the slopes for an afternoon of skiing. What a treat. It was brilliant.
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Last time up in the chairlift for a descent at dusk.
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We went to the ‘Pot du Maire’ and were given a plant. What a great idea as I have a few spare pots….Must try and keep this one alive.

The rest of the holiday and in January, we made more snowmen, had some quad trips and did some glass painting and enjoyed the lovely surrounding.
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Some of the photographs Matt took in the mornings. The light is just fantastic. It looks pretty eerie at times.
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