Tradition dictates that as the old year ends and a new one begins we should mark the occasion with some timely resolutions. Promises to eat less, exercise more or get on with the mother-in-law are some of the classics - most are destined to fail. This year, however, the Burgundy family is determined to stick to its New Year resolutions.
Carl still doesn't know what possessed him. Perhaps it was a spur of the moment impulse fuelled by the heady fumes of chocolate or that little drop of pure malt whisky, but he's promised not to buy a single book on gardening. He already has books on balconies and permaculture gardens that would make the Natural History Museum's library green with envy. Sport and museum outings will now occupy his leisure time. For her part, Marie would have been delighted, if only she hadn't sworn that she would abstain from browsing the Louvre catalogue for the next twelve months. The possibility of a partial fast is also being considered, but we'll come back to that…..
...and wishful thinking
A good student and always willing, Louis has written down a long list of resolutions for 2018. Regularly brushing the teeth is a good start. However, he hasn't quite grasped the meaning of regularity yet, so keeping his room tidy could also be affected by this temporary disadvantage. He had to think about abandoning his football sticker collection, but has already decided to replace it with a rapidly growing batch of splendid Pokémon figurines. Louis also plans to give his sister his butterfly clip, his copy of "The Crab with the Golden Claws" and his "Pirates of the Caribbean" poster. As for Victoire, she's racking her brains as she doesn’t see how making a resolution could improve her already exemplary behaviour!