About me: I am a freelance writer living in France since 1997. I run a successful business offering copywriting services to clients in the UK and internationally (annual reports, research reports, brochures etc). I also write magazine articles on France and literary and historical topics.
Southwest France Weather November 2013 Posting up the monthly weather stats is becoming a rather depressing task this year. It looks as if even the little fellow in the photo above can?t stand any more. November continued the trend ? broken only by July and … Continue reading →... Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:33:38
A French Country Upbringing ?Of course, Occitan was my first language,? our friend Georgette said. I was sitting next to her at an association lunch today. She has never talked much about her childhood but, once I had started questioning her (no one is … Continue reading →... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 17:01:39
Saint Catherine?s Day Customs ?A la Sainte-Cathérine, tout bois prend racine.? On St. Catherine?s Day (25th November) all wood takes root. This oft-quoted saying implies that the climatic conditions are right for planting trees and shrubs on that day. I?ll return to this below. … Continue reading →... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 07:45:39
Les Travaux Ready for Take-Off at la Chapelle de Teysseroles Thursday of last week was a big day at the 15th-century chapel we are helping to restore. A meeting we had been urging for some time finally took place, between our architect, M Salomon, and the architect from Bâtiments de … Continue reading →... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:30:17
Facts ? and Fantasies ? about French Wine Today was cold, damp, miserable and unpleasant. So let?s forget the weather and le ras-le-bol fiscal (discontent about taxes). Instead, let?s warm ourselves in front of the fire with a glass ? or two ? of one of France?s best-loved … Continue reading →... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:09:06