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Our new life in 'Les Vosges'


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Let’s enjoy the Christmas Spirit

What better way to be getting into the Xmas Spirit than to go to a Xmas market. So with our friends Heliena and Olivier we headed to the Marche de Noel de Montbeliard, a couple of hours away in Franche Comte. It was worth the drive. A wonderful day out for all of us. ūüėČ
Scotland was the guest of honour, so we bought some cheddar! yay and Matt and the kids had fish and chips for diner!

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On the house front

You might be wondering if we’ve finished renovating our house since most of my posts are about everything but works on the house. Fear not (lol) there should be a lot more work on the house related posts in the new year. (Should!!!) However at the moment we’re just appreciating what we’ve got, especially after spending 8 month in the mobile home and living a fairly chilled life….Vosgien Style. ūüėČ
Still Matt added a few little improvements to the house. He affixed new planks above the garage. Well we have tonnes of them.
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He started building the heating system. This involved a lot of drilling through the walls.
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He added the plaster boards, the fan and the towel heater in the bathroom so even if it’s not finished, it is at least a lot more comfortable. It now needs painting and tiling….
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He also¬†went¬†to Alsace to get a SMEG Fridge and he had to carry¬†a¬†dresser down by himself from the 4th floor of apartment block ….just for me. ūüėČ Thanks Matt!
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When in Rome

Do as the Romans do so in Lorraine we partake in Lorraine’s traditions. This means celebrating the Saint Nicholas on the 5th of December. Saint Nicholas brings sweets to good children while the Pere Fouetard give them sticks. ūüėČ
So after school on the friday, we follow them through the streets to the village hall, where there is a show organised for the children. Rhys ended up on stage!
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And the kids took part in a creativity contest on Saint Nicholas. Saffron won her category with her bottle-Saint-Nicholas. Rhys made a kite one.
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In November and December we…

prepared the vegetable patch ready for next year under the watchful eye of Flint!
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celebrated Matt’s birthday : Vosgien/British style, with a party which included Pop up Pirate game with forfeits and a Bruleau (boozed soaked fruits flambe!)… He received a few….beer orientated presents. I wonder why?
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celebrated Halloweeeeen and the kids went round the village to pick up too many sweets.
French dentists have to be the wealthiest in the world with the amount of sweets the kids eat here!
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made our own advent calendriers. Well the kids did.
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enjoyed ONE day of snow and survived¬†a few freezing days of sub zero temperatures. (Thanks God we’re not in the mobile home anymore!!)
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