Bonjour, Hope you had a great week. Strangely the weather has been okay here. I’ve been seeing photos of snow in some parts of Europe as winter arrives, but there’s nothing like that in my bit of northern France. I keep reading that colder weather is on its way, (the Beast from the East some […]
Bonjour Happy New Year – in France we say it all through January! I hope you had fun and a relaxing start to 2019. I’ve made my new year resolutions but it’s not going to be easy with all the boulangeries and patisseries I come across in France. It’s pretty much like “I’m going to […]
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Bonjour Hope you had a lovely Christmas. Here it was a quiet Christmas as usual, not too much razzmatazz in the middle of nowhere rural France. Farmers carry on as normal, early mornings, milking cows, feeding livestock, though not much work in the fields as the ground is either frozen or sodden this time of […]
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Hope you had a great week. Here Christmas is in full swing – quite literally as its been very windy and the inflated Father Christmases that everyone seems to love so much here are blowing in the gales. They hang from gutters, chimneys and windows, some are life-sized, some less so. They’re very odd, I […]
Bonjour Hope you had a great week. Here it’s been proper frosty in the mornings and very cold, even during the day the frost has stayed thick on the ground, sparkling when a ray of sun manages to get through the clouds. I have had to carry buckets of water down to the bird pens […]
Bonjour Hope you had a great week. I’ve had the sort of week where things don’t quite go to plan. As a result, the winter magazine which I thought would be ready to reach you today, will in fact be next week. I hope the delay creates anticipation which makes it even better when it […]
Bonjour Hope you had a great week. I have to tell you, it’s beginning to feel a bit like Christmas in some parts of France though not where I live. Here there are unspoken rules. 7 days before Christmas for decorations, not before! In Paris though, where I’ve been this week – the lights are […]
Bonjour Hope you had a great week. This morning I was up way before the sun rose. I couldn’t sleep, I have no idea why, I’m off to Paris next week so perhaps it’s excitement! I made a cup of tea and headed out the garden to my little office in the pigsty to do […]
Bonjour Hope you had a great week. Here everything is about commemorating the centenary of the end of the Great War this weekend. Everywhere I go in the north of France there are posters detailing remembrance events. Trees are adorned with poppy and cornflower coverings (you can see a photo here on my Instagram page). […]
Bonjour Hope you had a great week. Here in my little corner of France, where the landscape still bears the scars of two world wars, there are preparations under way across the region to commemorate and honour the lost with a special vigil for Armistice Day 11 November 2018. And, if you’re in the area […]