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A merry Christmas to you all, may peace and happiness be with you in the future., I look forward to seeing you all next year.

 

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All good wishes to all Nottstalgians at this special time of the year.

From

John

Thierry

Madame (Rosie)

Philippe

Growler

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Merry Christmas Nottsalgians, one and all
Hope Santa to your house did call
And lots of presents he did leave
When he flew round the world on Christmas Eve.

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Merry Christmas to everyone, and I hope we (and Nottstalgia)  are all still here to say it again in 12 months time.

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Merry christmas to one and all and in the words of the late Dave Allen: "May your God go with you."

 

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It occured to me that Nottstaligans may not be aware who the people on my greeting are, so:

 

John - me

Thierry - my carer/valet

Madame (Rosie) - concierge/housekeeper

Philippe - caretaker/gardener/handyman married to Madame

Growler - my dog

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Best thing seen this morning a dauchshund (?spelling) dressed as a snowman.

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14 minutes ago, Jill Sparrow said:

Jolly decent of you to give them the time off! ;)

Don't you know about the European directive about statuary holidays,Jill?:rolleyes:smile2

 

 

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1 minute ago, Waddo said:

Don't you know about the European directive about statuary holidays,Jill?:rolleyes:smile2

 

 

We’ll be out by the time they get back and then I can exploit them!

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Better check your garage Phil, they've probably took one of your cars, sold it over there and retired on the proceeds !!

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48 minutes ago, Waddo said:

the European directive about statuary holidays,Jill?:rolleyes:

You mean, under EU law, statues are entitled to holidays, too? Ludicrous! How did we ever get involved with such people?

 

Just checked my garden gnome....he's still there! :blink:

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Glad to hear it, Hope he, and the rest of your family had a good Christmas.

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The social structure here is very different to that on your side of the channel - even more so here in Provence and the Mediterranean areas.

 

It is not at all unusual to have domestic staff but things are changing and I fear that soon there will be a number of unemployed people unwilling to take on domestic duties.

 

When I first moved into this property, twenty or so years ago, there were people (figuratively) almost clamouring at the door to be given a job. Nowadays notices requesting domestic staff go unanswered for weeks on end.

 

Philippe and Rosie are both in their sixties consider their current situation as completely permanent. I am concerned that I won't be able to get any replacements when the inevitable happens. There is, of course, a reasonable chance that they will outlive me!

 

Considering EU Statutes, the French have a big tendency to ignore them.

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4 hours ago, jonab said:

It occured to me that Nottstaligans may not be aware who the people on my greeting are, so:

 

John - me

Thierry - my carer/valet

Madame (Rosie) - concierge/housekeeper

Philippe - caretaker/gardener/handyman married to Madame

Growler - my dog

Happy Christmas, your Highness.

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I wouldn't go that far, Beekay.

 

I am now physically disabled and do need a full time carer. Also, I live in a large, rather rambling, old Provence villa which takes quite a bit of looking after.

 

Any money I might have was earned by me. No inheritances, lottery wins or dubious practices - unlike some of the inhabitants of the area:)

 

 

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Lunch over at my daughters. Everything perfect. We sat down 1pm and left at 5. 30pm. The restaurant was full mostly large groups. Compliments flying so we were very proud of her. She'd worked very hard this week so now she deserves a rest. Took pics of almost every course so will post tomorrow. 

Hope everyone is happy and are now having a snooze.

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