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Bonne Année

January 1, 2012

It’s been a challenging year and at times we have wondered what the heck we were thinking, but by the end of the year things seems to be improving and we can clearly see the way forward. 

Christmas Day was a perfect example of mixed fortunes; the 6.4kg turkey took 8 hours to cook! The new oven does not seem to regulate the temperature well and as luck would have it, the movers appear to have lost my oven thermometer so we have no way of checking. But by the time it was cooked (6:00pm) we were ready and sat down to a very tasty meal indeed. All the stuffings worked perfectly, we had traditional cranberry sauce and the whole lot was polished off with Christmas Pudding flamed in Brandy and served with brandy butter. The downside was that June had caught a really bad cold & cough and went straight to bed and stayed there until late on Boxing Day.









Boxing Day itself was bright and sunny and we were entertaining Marc & Sylvie for dinner. Preparation was simple, loads of cold turkey, roast potatoes and parsnips (blasted oven again), stuffing and cranberry. Followed by the flaming Christmas Pudding of course. We had a wonderful evening; they said they really enjoyed the mix of flavors – especially the idea of cranberry with meat.









It turned out that Marc had also caught the bug so he did not come to work on the house all week – a blessing in disguise as we got to relax a lot more, June got a lot more sleep and we continued slowly with the voyage of discovery in the unpacking. The weather turned a bit ugly, high winds and rain and it got quite cold some days even frost one morning. I have rescued some more furniture from the sous-sol and also found my printer/scanner – life just got a lot easier for document handling.

And now it’s 2012 – we are invited to lunch at a local restaurant by Marc & Sylvie, her parents and her twin brother. It promises to be an enjoyable occasion and a great way to start the New Year. Monday we start work on the house again, hopefully for a short period to complete the major tasks and then we can get on with decorating and the garden. 

Bonne Année

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 1, 2012 13:07

    “the 6.4kg turkey took 8 hours to cook ! ” Unless you had it set wrong like 150 C there is a big problem with that new oven me thinks. We moved into a new house that had a Hotpoint Oven, the thermostat had to be changed in everyone fitted in our street. Our new Bosh works spot on and only took three hours for 16 lbs turkey. I use the steam method, wrap the bird in loads of foil and have about 1.5 pints of water in there. Foil comes off for the last stage but not long enough to dry it out too much. Not sure where this idea came from but I have used it for a few years now.

    Happy new year to everyone.

  2. January 1, 2012 17:32

    We hd it set to 170C (325F) which is what we have always done. I would have expected 5 hours max – suspect it’s not calibrated but as I said I can’t check it. We’ll see soon.


  3. January 1, 2012 18:54

    Awwww!! That all sounds so wonderful, except June’s cold. A memorable first Christmas and New Year in a new country and a new house. Wish you many more. Loved the photos – a beautiful table and happy guests.
    Bonne Année to you – our Internet/ Expat/American/British/French friends – all the very best in 2012. Looking forward to keeping each other amused about our our forays into “the Old World”……
    jo and brian

  4. January 2, 2012 10:02

    Hi Jo,

    Hope all goes well with your house signing, stay in touch

    Happy New Year

    David & June

  5. dorothy murray permalink
    January 8, 2012 12:54

    Congrats and hope June feels better asap.

    Heres to a perfect new year and that both of your dreams have come through.

    dorothy and Kevin.

    • January 8, 2012 13:35

      Thanks Dorothy & Kevin

      Same to you and we hope to see you again soon

      David & June

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