La Rentrée

La Rentrée

And breathe! The children have FINALLY gone back to school! The collective sigh of relief of mothers across the land as the school term starts, is almost audible. La rentrée is a really big deal here in France, often likened in importance to the New Year in Britain as...
Buzzard Attack

Buzzard Attack

A couple of years ago during a visit to my physio, I was asked, while she was manipulating some body part or other, whether I was scared of running on my own. She was referring to the possibility of bumping into the likes of farmers with Pernod breath precariously...
Behind the Door

Behind the Door

Being lucky enough to live in a place which is surrounded by history, it’s sometimes quite easy to let your imagination amble off into a different era, a different century. I love doors – there is the secret life behind them –  imagining who lived there...
Chinese Lantern Festival

Chinese Lantern Festival

The Gaillac region is usually known for its wonderful vineyards and historical bastides or the medieval city of Albi. But now, all of a sudden, Gaillac is the talk of France thanks to the stunning, world-renowned Chinese Lantern Festival, Festival des Lanternes. It is...

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