Here we have the ceramic tree in the dining room. This has been Etienne's favorite Noel decoration at Mother's house for a long time, perhaps due to his sweet tooth for color? The bright lights, some of them in the shape of birds, might even be an influence on his paintings? Who can say?
Etienne recalls that perhaps Mother made this ornament, in a ceramics class?
This post is for those who find this time of year dark and wish for more light. May these colorful lights, and the thoughts and well wishes of friends and family brighten this time, until we are well past the solstice, and days are again getting longer. Then it will soon be time for sitting once more beside the pond, hearing fountains play, and catching the most succulent little flies - the kind that are even better served with a little buerre blanc or just huile d'olive and a crisp Sauvignon Blanc...
No wonder Grenouilles usually sleep through the winter.