|Posted by holidaysinthegers on December 27, 2008 at 8:04 AM|
Christmas day arrived and Michel decided in his infinite wisdom to start putting up the rails for the plasterboard ceiling in the grange. I wouldn't mind, but we had people coming to lunch and we were eating in the grange ! Somethings never change (remember Neil ?!!!)
8:30am and the chapon (large castrated cockeral) was in the oven. 11:00 and I was well on the way to being organised for a change. 11:30 and himself finally stopped work which left us 30mins to clean up the barn and decorate it for Christmas. Being french, none of the guests turned up until 1:00. Michel's son, nicolas finally arrive at 2:00 and we could start. We were 7 for lunch & the menu was :
Entree : Oysters followed by smoked salmon, Fois Grais and warm Cambert cheese.
Main : Chapon and more veggies than I care to mention !
Cheese : Lots !
Desert : yule log, christmas pudding, christmas cake.
The christmas pudding went down well with the french as did the Christmas cake. Surprisingly, I still have virtually a whole yule log made by the local bakery left! Another success for english cooking I think !!
Five hours later and we were almost finished. Eating isn't rushed here !
Boxing day and it was back to work. It isn't a holiday in France. Not alot of people know, but companies don't pay employees for public holidays, staff have to make up the time by working longer hours or loose a day's pay. Michel is self employed so he doesn't get paid if he doesn't work and I can't let out the bedrooms until the grange is finished, so the race is on to get the work finished as soon as possible.
I went out to give the piggies lunch to find the garden covered in a sprinkling of snow. The next thing I knew, the heavens opened and we had a couple of inches of snow in the space of about 30mins. The piggies took one look at this funny white stuff and went straight back indoors not to be seen again until Saturday morning. Poppy wasn't quite sure about the snow, and decided that being indoors in front of the fire was a better option. Very sensible, me too !