Back to France

Well, that’s our pre-Christmas visit to the UK almost over – back to France on the 22.45 ferry later.

It’s been great seeing family and friends and catching up.

We went out for a lovely walk today in the Gloucestershire countryside. The mixture of mist and hoar frost made for some breathtaking sights!

A thing of beauty…

We’ve just been given an early housewarming present.

Mrs Shark’s bestest friend Annie is an extremely talented seamstress and she’s been making this on the quiet for most of this year:

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It’s a quilt decorated in embroidery and appliqué, mostly made out of raw silk. It was inspired by a garden wall plaque of the Green Man which Mrs Shark gave me for my birthday a few years ago. The corner panels show trees and the ones at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock show ferns. The Green Man himself is in the middle of course:

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But the photos don’t do it justice at all…

It’s quite, quite breathtakingly beautiful, and Mrs Shark and I think it’s the best present we’ve ever been given.

Thank you, Annie!