The countdown to Christmas. Not long to go. How are your preparations going? I have had to prepare early this year as we are having our family lunch this Sunday and then getting in the car and heading to France. We have kindly been invited to spend Christmas Day with friends in Grimaud.
As usual, we will be breaking our twelve-hour journey near Beaune.
I am looking forward to a break and a rest. I know that many of us now do a lot of our shopping online. In some ways this does save time, maybe it is because we now live in a newbuild flat and several of the couriers seem to have difficulty finding us which on a couple of occasions has resulted in my having to go to a pick-up point. I would be interested to know what you think. Do you like to go to the shops or prefer to shop from the comfort of your own home?
The countdown to Christmas:
I intend to put my feet up over the holidays. Below I have listed some books I have either already read or intend to download to my Kindle. Also, videos that I have enjoyed.
Death on the Scotland Express. I downloaded this to audible. It is a great fun old fashioned “who done it” a la Agatha Christie.
Other books that I have recently read and loved are:
The Echoes of Love – An incredible love story set in Crete during WW2.
The Quarantine Station – Set in Australia and links events of 1918 to 2019 when an elderly grandmother shares her story with her granddaughter.
The Secret of Villa Alba is Set in Sicily and links a mysterious event that took place in 1968 to the present day when the Villa begins to reveal its secrets.
The last list of Mabel Beaumont I found this a heartwarming feel feel-good book about female friendship. I would highly recommend it.
Secrets of the Italian Island (Sisters of War book 1). The first part of a trilogy is set at the onset of WW2. The scene is set in a beautiful castle off the coast of Italy owned by the wealthy Parissi family. Three sisters arrive there in a small boat. The life there is glamorous until the Germans invade.
The gift to the Italian Island Italy (Sisters of War book 2). One of the sisters escapes to a nearby island and the drama continues.
Some movies for you to enjoy:
You can watch the above on Netflix or Amazon Prime
I loved this film. I found it very moving.
Some ideas of how to snuggle up warm whilst relaxing watching a movie or reading a good book.
WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS