The living and dining rooms are finally finished and the last few boxes unpacked, with the help of Mouse, of course…

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So, time to put up some Christmas decorations!!

The holly and the ivy…..

Along with mistletoe, bracken and cotoneaster berries were used to make up our first wreath – Edward cut some hazel withies, which I used to make the base of the wreath…..

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While the foliage was picked from around the garden and the lane…

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Ta da!!

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Fairy lights and candles…

Inside, the dining room Christmas tree has gone up, along with table centre pieces, mantle foliage and lots of candles!!

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Christmas card deliveries

Each day last week our friendly postman brought us Christmas cards from England!  What a lovely surprise, it’s so nice to know we’re being thought of and we really appreciate the notes and letters that accompanied them….

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Mystery card…

We have a mystery on our hands – someone has kindly taken the trouble to send us a card but forgot to write in it, so we don’t know who it’s from!!  If this card is from you, we’d love know 🙂

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Marché de Noël

We’ve noticed many of the local towns and villages are holding Christmas markets, so we popped down to Bais on Saturday to have a look around – it was packed!!  Stalls surrounded the church, selling anything from patisserie crepes and from jewellery to Christmas ornaments…

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It certainly got us into the Christmas spirit 🙂

 

Another job finished

Meanwhile, Edward has completed work on the island in the kitchen, well, almost!  What a great job – cladding on three sides, kick boards, worktop edging and electricity finished and connected.  The mug shelves are also done bar the front edging to finish them off – it’s such a nice work space and will tie in nicely with the rest of the room when it’s all painted up – colour scheme to be revealed later…….

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And finally….

While there are plenty of jobs to do around the house, there are ‘little’ bits and bobs that get done every now and then which make a big difference to the overall effect.  Yesterday morning, Edward made window sills for the living room and dining room – strangely, these had been left without any finish and looked very unsightly…

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How different they look now….

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They’ll eventually be painted but that can wait until after Christmas and in the meantime, will look very festive! ♥

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