We arrived back from the eldest boy’s swimming lesson tonight to see the house looking like this:

No doubt tomorrow, bearded husband will put on the Christmas play list and that will be that. Until January.

This week’s white in the fridge:

Jean Claude Fromont Chablis Premier Cru 2008, £8, currently half price, Tesco Wine Club
Half price offers are not always all they are cracked up to be, but this one is a great buy and so very perfect for this time of year. Chablis is made from the Chardonnay grape and with little or no oak, is a really good match for turkey. Premier Cru tells you that the grapes are grown in vineyards classified as such i.e. better quality than generic Chablis (in theory). This one is not deep, but is crisp and even. Ergo, it does the trick. 

This week’s red on the side:

Château Calage 2008 Coteaux du Languedoc, £7.59, Waitrose
I drank this on Monday during a work-related wine tasting and it was so delicious I carried an open bottle (with a cork wedged back in, obviously) home with me on the train. I ignored the sideways glances, safe in the knowledge that I would be drinking something deliciously rich and blackcurranty made from a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre grapes in front of the fire that night. It’s suitable for vegetarians. Not that I am one, but some of you might be. In which case I won’t tell you this wine was delicious with beef casserole.

Cue the music x

Update: what a difference a day (and snow) makes…

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  1. hyacinth girl

    and now perfectly powdered too. Ah, lovely, wondrous snow…..

  2. I know, your comment made me add the snowy version…lovely stuff, innit?

  3. Your lights are beautiful (especially in the snow) but out here they'd be regarded as low-key. Inflatable Santa on a motorbike? Check. Huge spruce entirely decked out in lights? Check. Life-size nutcracker soldiers? You get the picture………

  4. Go bearded husband! Nothing wrong with being festive.
    The red blend sounds very nice. What was with the sideways glances? It's not as if you had a straw hanging out of the bottle…or did you?

  5. NVG – ha, I know, I think we'd get run out of the village of we went the inflatable FC route. Off to buy the tree this morning..

    Vinogirl – er, no straw but perhaps swigging from the bottle was a little uncouth.

  6. Hi
    I have been looking for one of these star projectors for a while but knowing what Im like with gadgets I didn't want to be spending over the £100 mark on some of the star projectors on sale.

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