After an amazing month of November, weather-wise, everything decided to change with a bang!
Last Saturday was our village Christmas Market. It was set up under the covered marketplace and we had been promised that there would be space heaters. There weren’t! That was a problem because overnight the temperatures had dropped to well below freezing and they never got up above it all day, at least on the marketplace.
There was hot wine and coffee and luckily for us, it wasn’t very far for us to take turns going home to warm up, eat and see the dogs.
As always, there weren’t many people early in the morning, but as the day wore on, a decent sized crowd did show up.
There was a lunch for 10 Euros, someone was making fresh crepes, there was a “fanfare” which is a brass band. Let’s just say they were loud and enthusiastic and leave it at that! Also, following the success of the horse drawn carts at the Eco Fair a few months back, there was a carriage giving rides around the village and Santa was set to arrive in it towards the end of the day.
We found someone to sit at our table while we took Shmoo Alexander and Miz Peaches for a post lunch walk
Poor Peaches had a flashback to the second day she was here when she ran into a brass band in Limoux! As soon as she heard the band playing, all she wanted to do was run home and hide. I refuse to speculate on whether it was fear or music criticism.
Finally, although there were still two hours to go, JM and I closed up shop at 3:00; it was just too, too cold to keep sitting there! We lit a fire, put on Christmas music, had a hot cocoa in front of the fire and felt very seasonal indeed!
Ciao for now.