Saturday, December 17, 2011

Joy to the World!

If you wander around La Rivière with me, 
you are likely to find tiny glimpses of 

 hidden in the most unlikely places. 
I find them peeking out at me when I least expect it!
I wandered through the door last week to find that Chickpea,
my darling eldest daughter,
had thoughtfully tidied my wooden letterpress blocks for me

Sometimes it's great to be a messmonster myself.
I wouldn't have thought to put them away like that ;-)
Then Pokemon, 
came to the conclusion that the letters that spell

also mean FLY (VOLE) in French.
(I take that as meaning let your heart fly)

And Libellule has been busy documenting our family efforts to
'make' this Christmas

a 'hands on' team affair.
Full of laughter and surprises to discover.

Since the successful and surprisingly joyful passage of
the Inspecteur de l'Education Nationale
during which I was deemed fit to continue educating my 3 messmonsters
(Luckily they attended school long enough before hand to learn to answer questions politely ;-)
we have been celebrating.
I have all but abandoned my own artistic endeavours in favour of joining the messies to
bake shortbread, make candles

in favourite fleamarket finds...

and help Pokemon string pinecone garlands

So my brushes are down until the New Year
YUp! I'm letting it all hang out (literally with the food I keep ingurgitating)
 and getting in some real world, messy, Family Joy like this:

Candle making (pink pot) in the middle of getting a roast chook in the oven 
One still needs to feed the starving elves as they are busy at work...

(Yes it does still have its head - Welcome to France)

 If you forget your skewers, use what you can to keep your wick up ;-)

More joy - thy perfect house and garden shall be reserved for 2012. Having the studio is a godsend, but I admit to missing the creative mayhem reserved for a household that tries to do everything, and too much, at once.  If you don't mind a little mess as you drink your champagne, you are welcome to drop by, stand at the bench and get your hands grubby with us.
We hereby guarantee:
Loudly sung Christmas carols,
 at least one glass bottle of sparkly liquid 
the comforting aroma of Christmas goodies as they waft through the house
Not one square centimetre of anything that remotely resembles tidy
here at La Rivière.
Until the night before Christmas ...
Joy to you all
My Mama arrives from Aussie on Monday.
Goodness knows when you may next hear from me then ;-)

Love to all 
PS: Saw this and it made me ponder.  

"I hear that in many places something has happened to Christmas; that it is changing from a time of merriment and carefree gaiety to a holiday which is filled with tedium; that many people dread the day and the obligation to give Christmas presents is a nightmare to weary, bored souls; that the children of enlightened parents no longer believe in Santa Claus; that all in all, the effort to be happy and have pleasure makes many honest hearts grow dark with despair instead of beaming with good will and cheerfulness."
- Julia Peterkin
A Plantation Christmas
Pokemon believes with all his heart in Santa - which doesn't stop him being the most mischievious of imps at times… I like him believing in Santa. The day he doesn't - which will most likely be next year, we will be recycling cheer and good will into a year long affair, terminating in a huge treasure hunt for the most 'special' but inconsequential gifts on Christmas Day
My soul would wither if there weren't a little fantasy and magic in every Christmas
Your thoughts?


  1. We have a household of little will be sad the day that ends. I'm so glad I stopped to read this. Your place sounds positively's a little bit contagious too. Enjoy Christmas with your Mum and family.xx

  2. First of all I want say "Congratulations"????
    On being an exeptional teacher- I knew you could do it Ange, I guess I am puzzled that the inspector came to your house.
    In any case she/he must see your messmonsters are thriving in their enviroment with a lovely and ever so creative teacher like you.

    The chicken blew me away...must be France...hehe.
    I wish you a joyous holiday and lots of merriment with the fam and your mom.I'll be listening for the Christmas carolsacross the the pond.
    (I wish you lived closer Ange)
    Big hug from Montucky.

  3. Ange, you have provided me with the most wonderful example of Christmas loveliness I've read in a long, long time :)
    Way to go!
    Have the most wonderful of times...not that there's much doubt about that x

  4. It's all the greediness and over-commercialisation that I can't stand.
    I've heard that some people even have wish lists at posh stores! What the.......*^&@$*....!!!!!
    My parents (and friends) never asked what I'd like for Christmas. The surprise was the best part of it.
    I've had a lovely early present...Geiger has won one of Ann Wood's creations.
    Have a wonderful family time, Ange.
    Love and happiness.xx

  5. it does look as though your family is sharing in the joy of the season, may this spread to all. I love how you all create together!

  6. Ah, Ange, you sound ever so happy, and it well befits you to be an honorary messmonster yourself. Long may your family roam blithely about the place creating unexpected things.

  7. You mean chickens don't come from the supermarket meat aisle? I must say, if my kids would ever see a head on the chicken like that, they would never again take a single bite of chicken. Hope your Christmas festivities are happy ones.


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