Sunday, 20 December 2009


Local village church (taken last winter)

Thank you so much for all your get well wishes and helpful information on what some of you use to help ease a sore throat. I really appreciated it.

Taken in our village last winter

A week on and I am beginning to feel an improvement in my voice. What hasn't helped is that since my last post I've also had a migraine which lasted 3 days. My cold is still there but with a bit of luck all will be gone by Christmas day. Last year I was ill over Christmas and could not join in. I had a 3 day migraine and had to stay in a dark room, feeling really sick throughout. I certainly did not want to have another Christmas like that again this year!

Alan has been an absolute angel, he's taken Miss P to school and back every day, done all the shopping, he made me drinks, meals, looked after Miss P and some evenings sat down quietly next to me holding my hand (very comforting when you don't feel well..) instead of watching TV or playing F1 on the Wii.

Bought from Hunter Gatherer at the Country Living Fair a couple of years ago. So pretty when lit, unfortunately I have just run out of candles...

I haven't been out all week and have not experienced the busy Christmas atmosphere in the shops and streets. I am very behind on the Christmas front...Today the migraine has gone so I can start watching some TV again and watch something Christmassy whilst wrapping the presents.

Pink Christmas wreath bought for Miss P in Bruges, Belgium

As I shall be busy catching up over the next few days, I am taking this opportunity to wish you all a...




A bientôt!

Isabelle X


Sal said...

Love the pink wreath!
Hope you are soon feeling 'on top of the world'!
Have a wonderful time ;-)

Diva Kreszl said...

praying for a full and speedy recovery!!! Merry Christmas!

Michela said...

Hello Isabelle, I'm so glad you're feeling better! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas! you're not the one so behind with Christmas things...I haven't bought any present yet, I should have gone shopping this weekend, but I've been buried at home because of snow and ice!
Take care! xxx

Marigold Jam said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better now. I am still suffering but am a few days behind you I think!! Let's just hope we are all fit an well by Friday!

Jane x

menopausalmusing said...

Hope you are well on the mend and have a wonderful Christmas. What a wonderful pink wreath!

Maison Douce said...

Thank you, I too hope you have a wonderful Christmas, and I am glad you are feeling better!!!

Beki said...

So glad you're on the mend and hopefully 100% for Christmas day.
Love the pink wreath, so pretty.
Just in case I don't get chance before, wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Beki xxx

OhSoVintage said...

Sorry to hear you've not been well but by the sound of it you've been having lots of TLC. Hope you are feeling in the pink now. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Ruth x

Clare said...

oh dear Isabelle I hope you're all better for Christmas. I love the wreath you bought for Miss P I know another little girl here who would love it!Have a wonderful Christmas.xx

Midsummer Stitches said...

Yes have a lovely Christmas, hopefully feeling better? I love that pink wreath!

Candytuft Corner said...

Hello Isabelle,

I love the snowy photographs of your village last winter. How I miss the English countryside and the beautiful architecture of the churches!

Sorry to read that you have been unwell and I send you warmest best wishes for a speedy recovery before Christmas.

Thank you for visiting my blog ~ I do hope to see you again in the New Year.

Marie x

bellaboo said...

Hope you will be fully recovered for Christmas.
Have a wonderful time!


Sylvia said...

Hello Isabelle,

Glad you're feeling better.
I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas time !


Cinzia said...

Hi, Isabelle! Merry Christmas and happy new year!

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Yay, Happy Christmas and feel better Isabelle!

Love your CK tablecloth, I dithered last year and it sold out before I could get my mits on it, Boo@!

Hope you all have a magical Christmas,

Love Sarah x

Hen said...

Oh Isabelle,
I do hope you are better in time for the big day, take care. I love the pink wreath from Belgium, just lovely. Happy Christmas to you all.
Hen x

Lyn said...

Hope you are fully recovered soon.

Beck said...

Hi Sweetie, what a gorgeous Christmas post!! I'm glad you are starting to feel better and I hope you have a beautiful Christmas. I have enjoyed finding your blog and look forward to seeing more of it next year. Take care xo

harmony and rosie said...

You poor thing, it sounds like it's been one thing after another. Sometimes that's the way it goes. But good to hear that you are starting to feel better; go easy so you can be sure to enjoy a Christmas this time!

Take care and merry Christmas to you

Kate x

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Glad you are feeling better! What a lovely blog you have. I love the photos on the sidebar.
Merry Christmas to you too!

Bertie Meadows said...

A very merry christmas to you too Isabelle, I hope you feel better to enjoy all the festivities.
Bertie x

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

I'm so sorry to read about your migraine, Isabelle. David suffers from them as well and they really do knock you out for days. He can have one when the weather changes, he's so sensitive to that sort of thing. His mother suffers even worse from them so with him it's genetic. We both hope Daisy doesn't inherit the migraines. Good for Alan for taking care of you. The winter photos of the snow in your village are so beautiful. As a child, the Tasmanian village I grew up in had snow but these days, they rarely see snow. I remember building snowmen and the wild excitement when school closed. A safe and peaceful Christmas to you, Alan and Miss P. I will say a little prayer for you that your health improves so you can enjoy the day. Thank you for all your lovely posts and friendship. xx

All things nice... said...


Sorry to hear your under the weather, hope you get well soon and have a wonderful christmas and an even better new year :)

All things nice...

June said...

Oh sweetie, what an awful time you've had. I am so glad that you are married to such a sweet guy. I hope you will be well the rest of the holiday season.
I wish you and your family the best Christmas ever.

debra@dustjacket said...

Oh that must have been so horrible for you. So pleased you are feeling better.

The first two pictures are just what I'd like to experience for Christmas. Would love to have Christmas in an English village one day.

Merry Christmas,

Summer Blue said...

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas Isabelle, I was sorry to read that you haven't been well, take care and hopefully you'll be completely recovered by Friday.
I popped into Frome yesterday afternoon deciding to park by the Library...Oh my goodness, it was like an ice rink. I was skidding all over the place in my 4 wheel drive..very frightening...thank heavens it was 3pm and not many cars at all so I didn't hit any or more importantly if you do need to pop there today for any reason, I'd avoid that car park!!!!
Take care and enjoy the festivities.
Jane. x

KC'sCourt! said...

I love that wreath. Another cure if you already haven't had this one is Hot Apple Juice.

KC'sCourt! said...

Ohhhhh! I meant to say hope you feel better soon
Merry Christmas
and a very
Happy New Year

Coco Rose Diaries said...

Oh I am glad you are on the mend. Migraines are the worst. Unless you have had them yourself, you can't understand just how awful they are, so I really sympethise. I hope you and your family manage to have a fantastic Christmas and New Year! Christmas love and hugs Vanessa xxx

Bobo Bun said...

Merry Christmas Isabelle. Wishing you good health as it sounds like you're very much in need of some.

Lisa x

Unknown said...

Have a fabulous Christmas. I have enjoyed so much reading your blog this year and I'm looking forward to 2010.

mamas kram said...

I hope you get well soon and i wish you a merry christmas!

hens teeth said...

Isabelle, I am so sorry you have been plagued so badly. I hope you start to recover as soon as possible. That husband of yours is a gem, but you already knew that ;-)
Wishing you a peaceful and happy Christmas Isabelle. x

Les Cotrions said...

Hello Isabelle! I hope you're getting better soon! Your village is enchanting under the snow!
Wish you Merry Christmas with your beloved!!!
Big hugs and take care!

Lululiz said...

Glad you are slowly getting better, hopefully by Christmas you will be fully restored. Have a great time.

Auntie Cake said...

A Very Happy Christmas to you too, my dear. Hoping that migraine goes away and all your lovely Christmas dreams will come true. Love your pink wreath!

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

Merry Christmas, Isabelle. So glad your headache is gone. I'm sure you will be working like mad to get caught up, and here is wishing you and your family a very blessed Christmas...


Carole said...

Happy to hear your doing better. The test of True Love is when they take good care of you when your ill. Alan is a treasure!
Don't stress too much!!! It'll all be wonderful!
Merry Christmas to you and your family dear friend!

Cowboys and Custard said...

Dear Isabelle..
I am so sorry to hear you have been ill. Unfortunately it is the season to be poorly but such bad luck so close to Christmas..
I do hope you are feeling fit and well enough to join in the festivities in time for the big day.
Wishing you a very happy and peaceful Christmas and all good times in 2010.
Michele x

Niki Fretwell said...

A VERY Happy Christmas to you and your family, Isabelle - I hope you all have a wonderful time.
Look after yourself and I look forward to bumping in to you again out and about next year...
Niki x

Catherine said...

A very Happy christmas and hope you'll feel better soon .Last year i had flue on xmas eve and one week in bed!i hope i'll be ok this year! catherine

cathleen said...

Merry Christmas, Isabelle!!!

Fifi Flowers said...

GORGEOUS snow pictures!

Victoria - Florence and Mary said...

I'm glad to hear you've been starting to feel better and hope that you are 100% over Christmas

Merry Christmas to you and your family... hopefully see you at the V&H fairs in 2010!

Victoria x

Tarnished Royalty said...

So glad you're on the mend so you can enjoy this joyous, blessed season. Merry Christmas dear Isabelle! xoxo Ann

The Vintage Kitten said...

Have a lovely Christmas! Lots of Love TVK

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Have a very Merry Christmas, Isabelle!

Pomona said...

Have a very happy Christmas! Hope you make a complete recovery, too.

Pomona x

Anne Lorys said...

What a lovely blog you have here!
But then, you probabaly already know that, don't you? ;-)

So nice to meet you, and Merry Christmas!

Enitram said...

I hope you have spent a nice Christmas !!! See you soon !!!!
I like very much your blog and your pictures !!!

Janean said...

Isabelle, glad you're feeling better. the pink wreath is too lovely.

belated merry Christmas and early happy new year.

Wanda Lee said...

So glad your're on the mend my dear!.., (This Christmas was delightful yet exhausting for my hubby and I as well), so I'm sure you realize that you're not the only one by any means who has ever felt behind my dear due to extenuating circumstances.~As many have attested to with their christmasses, in their warm and understanding responces to you!

~ Aren't our fellow bloggers such sweethearts and so supportive?

Have a marvelous and "tea-licious" New Years my darling!

Cheers from Silken Purse@ The Plumed Pen

Catherine said...


Beth Niquette said...

When I sing and have a cold, I drink hot honey water til it comes out my ears. Works well!

Here's a Happy New Year to you, dear girl! I pray the coming year will be filled with amazing adventures, laughter and joy! May you have strength through the hard times and peace throughout this new year. I have so enjoyed your blog.

The Vintage Kitten said...

Happy New Year! Lots of Love TVK x

Enitram said...

Happy new year to you and your family !!!!!!!!!!

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Hopefully by this time your throat is better. I have been ill too, but time, rest and good food is healing. I came over from my sister's blog, Saturday Finds. I will be back again. Lovely blog!


Reading Tea Leaves said...

I really hope you are feeling much better now Isabelle and that you were able to enjoy Christmas and the New Year.

Best wishes to you and yours for a Happy and Healthy 2010!

Jeanne x

Anonymous said...

Beautiful profile - thanks ;-)

kleine-creative-Welt said...

Hello Isabelle,
now I´ve found your blog - I hope, your migraine headache have disappeared and you feel well.
I found Lilly and Larry - they are so sweet - we also have two cats: Rei and Logan. I love cats.
Your header is wonderful and your blog very interesting -
all the best for you and your family for the new year - stay healthy -

Blossomnbird said...

Hi Isabelle...
Finally a spell in busy holiday times to get into looking around blogworld. It's lovely to find your blog, thanks for dropping by mine :) ...Oh your wintery christmas photos are divine as I sit here (in Australia) in my 'kini with the fan blasting over me!
Happy New Year...

Bleudelavande said...

Hi isabelle, I come back to blogland after a very long time for a bad virut in my computer!
It's wonderful can see again your wonderful pictures and read your lovely words.
Also if I'm in late I wish you a very happy new year with all of my heart!!!
Have a nice week and see you soon

Unknown said...

Honey I hope you felt much much better when Christmas and New YEar finally arrived ! Your winter wonderland photos are just darling too - how blessed you are to live in such a picture perfect place ! Have you been coping with all the snow and cold recently? Love to you XX

Vintage Inspiration said...

Hi Isabella, Happy New year...I do hope you are feeling good by now.
Your blog is beautiful, and I lokk forward to hearing more.

Louise x


Those pictures of the snow, especially the church as so beautiful! You havea wonderful blog.