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Our new life in 'Les Vosges'

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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5 thoughts on “Christmas holidays: freezing fog; sub-zero temperature & still living in a mobilehome

  1. Loving the updates, hope you are all well, living the dream I hope (jealous)

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  2. Matt and Mu, Saf and Rhys,
    I admire you so much and hope you are keeping well.
    Thanks for the updates.
    Let us know if you are returning at any time!!

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  3. How inspiring! I am pretty sure I would not cope so well with low temperatures. Great to see how you really are making the most of the outdoors.

    En francais maintenant (sans accents…). Amelie aimerait surement car elle veut absolument de la neige pour faire un bonhome de neige mais cic a TW on a eu quelques flocons seulement. Je pense bien a vous et je me demandais comment vous aviez passé Noel.

    Bon courage car il va surement continuer a faire tres froid. Bises


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    • Hi Caro, Merci pour le message. De la neige on en a a revendre. Il neige tous les jours un p’tit peu. Pas trop pour etre coince mais assez pour faire des bonhommes. 🙂 C’est tellement joli avec de la neige.
      On est heureux de pouvoir vivre de vrai saisons.
      A bientot


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