Well the clocks have now gone back and the mornings are lighter but the nights are of course now drawing in. We’ve had a couple of stunning sunrises and the moon was HUGE last night:
We went out to a local restaurant on Saturday night and I ordered the French speciality from the Savoy region called tartiflette (pay good attention, Susanna Lynam, you will be interested in the ingredients). It is made with potatoes, onions, lardons (chopped up bacon to you and me) and … reblochon cheese! Yes it is as yummy as it sounds.
On Tuesday night we geared ourselves up for any potential Halloween trick or treaters by buying a bucketload of toffees… sadly no-one knocked on our door so we’ll just have to eat the toffees ourselves, ho hum.
The next day was a Public Holiday for La Toussaint (or All Saints’ Day). We went on a jaunt to Surgères, a pretty town about 35 minutes away set around an impressive church and gardens. Families were out and about, enjoying the time together and we definitely noticed the colourful bunches of chrysanthemums when we passed any cemeteries as it is traditional in France to honour your ancestors by laying these blooms on their gravestones on 1st November. I also love the fact that every day is dedicated to a different saint, in fact our local weather forecaster tells us which saint is having their day every time we check the weather. We got a free calendar and I spent ages looking up which saints are celebrated on which days. Check out December 13th:
If you want me to check out the saint for your birthday, just drop me a message in the comments and I’ll look it up!
À bientôt, bisous.