Category Archives: Life In France

Back to work!

I was on a ferry last week, traveling from France to the UK, and it was packed. It took hours to load all the sunburned Brits heading home, the queue for the port stretched right through the town, past the … Continue reading

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What is a Castle for?

There are many reasons why a castle gets built. Some are strong rooms to protect a town’s goodies. Others are built to garrison troops. Some are built just to show off! The castle at Zonza was all about demonstrating the … Continue reading

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The Red Chateau

Carrouges vies with many to be our most local chateau, our home town makes do with a scattering of Manoirs. It is an odd castle for this region in that it is built almost entirely of brick. Only the oldest … Continue reading

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All In Good Time…

What can you do when you can’t do very much? It depends, I guess, on whatever you were used to doing! Years ago, an epochal age maybe, I dug a hole in our back garden in an afternoon. I lined … Continue reading

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The Fox and the Hare

Evangeline checked her camera trap and revealed a story of the inhabitants of the secret valley. Madame Hare is a very busy thing who uses this track day and night. She keeps a lookout while she goes about her business … Continue reading

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Recovering Yoga

It is hard not to focus on what cannot be achieved, but somehow I must make the effort to redirect my gaze to the small wins. For years I have used sun salutations as a benchmark of fluidity, of physical … Continue reading

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Sea Glass

It’s raining on the beach. Not heavy, just a light mizzle on a spring day to take the edge off what has been a glorious, hot morning. There’s enough blue sky coming up behind it to give hope to the … Continue reading

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My New Favourite Castle

So Celine and the two youngest have travelled to the UK to see relatives after more than two years, separated by the pandemic. We parted at a bus stop in Le Mans before breakfast. Evangeline and me hit the town … Continue reading

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Coming Home From Cancer

Let’s get the good news out there! I have survived the surgeon’s knife and been declared cancer free. There will be scans ahead to make sure but right now there is nothing, and no need for further treatment. But my … Continue reading

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The Body is a Garden

I recently read a story reflecting on the life of Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th Century German Benedictine Abbess whose academic work in music, art, healing, mysticism and medical writing still resonates today. She is also known as Saint Hildegard … Continue reading

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