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 […]
Bonjour Hope you had a good week. This week we had good news in the village – sort of. We have no mobile phone signal and that is making people very tetchy. You can hardly bank or do anything online these days without getting a text message to confirm things and here, in the middle […]
Bonjour Hope you had a good week. The unseasonably warm weather is playing havoc with my head in the form of spiders. Really giant spiders. I’m not a fan of them, it’s my dad’s fault. He would run a mile if he saw one, screaming for my mum to come and deal with it. He […]
Back from my travels round France for a while – I’ve been to 9 cities and lots of villages in the last couple of months – it’s time to enjoy the simple pleasures of life in the middle of nowhere France. I love to walk the dogs (Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Bruno and Churchill), and here […]
Bonjour Hope you had a good week. I’m sending you this from Charente where I’ve been all week, researching for articles. I’ve visited Saintes, Cognac, tons of lovely little villages and I’m now in Angouleme, the capital of Charente, perched high up on a hill (the town that is, not me!). The weather has been […]
Bonjour and a great big bienvenue to all new subscribers – it’s great to meet you. I missed chatting to you last week but, I was gadding about in Bordeaux, Saint Emilion and then Le Mans – and what a surprise that was! I’ve always known it for the 24 hour Le Mans (who can […]
Bonjour Hope you had a great week. Something strange has happened here. Well I think it is strange. Last year, after the “52 ducklings affair” in which my 6 ducks hatched a record number of eggs over the summer, I separated the boys from the girls. I managed to rehome most of the ducklings as […]
Bonjour Hope you had a good week. Sorry to miss you last week, I managed to get a weekend off to visit Reims to go Champagne tasting and galivant about in the mountains amongst the vineyards where an early harvest was in progress. The grapes look amazing, several producers told me they thought this might […]
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Bonjour Hope you had a good week. We’re still in lazy mode here in France – it’s an August thing. When I say “we” I don’t mean me and the other half. No such thing as lazy in this house! We live in hope of one day waking up in the morning and thinking “ooh no […]
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