Dreaming of a French Christmas

I’ve been pretty much offline over Christmas, with the exception of an occasional Instagram post and it’s been blooming marvellous! Don’t get me wrong, I love you all and have great plans for the blog this year but we all need a little break from technology from time and time and besides, it’s not easy to stuff an entire Camembert in your face with an iPhone in one hand. But the world went back to work this week (a quick apology to the doctors, journos and many other professions who worked through the festive period, and thank you) and like most of you I’m sure, I’ve been sitting at my desk dreaming about the last couple of weeks.


I was in France for the big day, as I normally am, and the sun made a special guest appearance for almost the entire week. Whilst it didn’t create a very festive atmosphere, it was pretty special to toast a great year outside, before scuttling inside and pretending it was snowing so we could snuggle up and open presents. Dad out-Britished himself when he announced: “let’s leave the doors open and let out some heat so that we can light the fire”.

If you can’t be bothered to read the full post – and cheesy music videos are your thing – here’s our Christmas in 3 mins and 55 seconds!

Christmas for us starts with stockings, followed by a long walk (mainly to build up an appetite!) We’re normally trudging through snow or crisp wintry leaves but it was t-shirt weather this year. We live in the middle of nowhere, so we didn’t see a soul on our ramblings but the surroundings are pretty magical.

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When we returned, it was nibbles and a bit of fizz on the terrace…

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… Before a bit of present opening and a wrapping paper bonfire!


As the sun set, it was all hands to the deck – but steered expertly by Mum – to dish up our Christmas feast (controversially lamb, not turkey), with Ottolenghi brussel sprouts, red cabbage and roast potatoes.

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There was comedy dancing, board games and a mountain of cheese and chocolate to devour for the rest of the evening before dragging our weary selves up to bed. The rest of the holiday felt like June; we sat outside, went bread shopping in the local markets and slowly made our way through an entire leg of Iberico ham (from Brindisa) which was absolutely divine.

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Another Christmas gone, and into another new year. I have no idea what 2016 will bring, but let’s hope it’s a good one! Happy new year, one and all.

  • Lynnsayjane

    So I just found your blog having enjoyed your Instagram posts for a while now – loved reading about your Christmas and the video is wonderful. The Christmas spirit in me had rather disappeared, thanks for a super ten minute revival!

    • Hi Lynnsay!

      Thanks so much for stopping by to leave a lovely comment. I love your Instagram pictures too 🙂 I hope you enjoy the blog – are you a blogger yourself? If so do let me know so I can follow you back!

      Ellie xx

      • Lynnsayjane

        I’m not a blogger but I’ve always had the intention of giving it a go. How did you start? I’m a Manager at a beauty clinic and there’s always some sort of drama/story but confidentiality has to be considered. I use Twitter & Instagram and love the information available, particularly when travelling. Those Clement & Claude candles you recommended look lovely – will give one a try!

        • I started my blog as an online journey for me and only me to keep track of places to eat in London and travel photos. I never dreamt that people would actually take any interest – crazy really!

          You can definitely do a blog anonymously, in fact, I think it adds to the ‘mystery’ of it all so I’m sure you could get round confidentiality issues like that… If you ever take the leap, do send over a link to it as I’d love to have a read.

          And the C&C candles are fabulous – they are made by a friend of a friend and I’ve really fallen in love with them. Great to support a small start up as well!

          E xx

  • Rochkirstin Santos

    Wow, I love that you had spent a lot of quality time with your loved ones last Christmas. That’s the season is supposed to be after all, other than celebrating the birth of Christ. Taking the time off from tech devices and the Internet is also a good way to make sure you’re enjoying life offline. 🙂

    • Exactly!! Christmas is all about spending time with family for me. I hope you had a great time too x

  • PopShopAmerica

    This looks like such a blast! This would be my dream holiday. And that Iberico ham!! http://popshopamerica.com/

    • Haha I know, doesn’t it look incredible?! It was seriously good. X

  • SippyCupMom

    This looks like an amazing Christmas! I would love to spend it in France some year! I love all of your pictures!

    • Thanks so much for your lovely comment. Christmas in France is always a wonderful experience, although not always that sunny!! X