Every November, Pippadour prepared the castle for the upcoming winter. There was to be no more gardening until spring. And since she would be indoors much more in winter, she brought the outdoors in. She hung extra curtains in front of the bedroom windows. And the down duvets were covered in sheets in the colours of the garden and woods, featuring the same patterns as her wallpaper as well as cranes. Pippadour admired cranes for their strength and grace. And especially their legend: fold a thousand paper cranes and your heart’s desire will come true. In a nutshell, cranes were her lucky charms.
Pippadour had extra carpets placed in the hallways. Jack retrieved them from the basement and rolled them out for her. To create even more ambiance, Pippadour put candleholders everywhere. She placed large branches – from the woods close to their castle – in the Chinese vases and decorated them with cheerful ornaments. On the terrace outside the kitchen, she placed lanterns. So, no matter the weather, the castle was always a warm paradise of light – long before and long after Christmas. After all, Pippadour did not associate ambiance with a specific date.