Thursday, 24 November 2011

Busy Christmas Preparation Table

Long time visitors to the blog might remember this from a couple of years ago when it was nearly finished.  Well it's finally really, really finished!

So here is a glimpse of our Christmas preparation table...

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Christmas Hutch

Among our new Christmas miniatures is a one-off Christmas hutch packed full of hand crafted festive miniatures.

It seems to have attracted the attention of this old white-bearded chap...

If you want to see more pics of the Christmas minis - let us know!

Christmas Miniatures - Coming Soon!

Details on where and when they will be available soon :)

Friday, 11 November 2011

Armistice Day / Remembrance Day

On the very edge of our tiny French village (pop 185) there is a quiet cemetery looking out over what were battlefields during the Great War. Today is Armistice Day here in France, when those who fought and died in the First World War are remembered (World War Two has its own Remembrance Day in May).

Most of the soldiers here are Scottish (with some American) and a long way from home, but each November, a lone piper leads a tiny parade from the church at one end of the village to the cemetery. It's very emotional and touching that almost 100 years after their deaths, these brave young men are still remembered. Long may it continue.

An inscription in the cemetery reads:

 "Here the noble thistle of Scotland will flourish forever amongst the roses of France"

Former battlefield