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Adventures of a Guest House Owner

Adventures of a guest house owner

Across the border

April 18, 2012 by Basil

Although the Euro is seldom out of the news these days and often dogged with negative headlines from Eurosceptics, who view the whole venture as one doomed to failure, there… Read more…

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Hard work

March 25, 2012 by Basil

How many times have you noticed that a very small job, can take up a very disproportionate amount of effort? I had an experience like this, a week or so… Read more…

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A month unlike the others

February 27, 2012 by Basil

T. S. Elliot’s obscure, but intriguing poem, ‘The Waste Land’ starts with the line “April is the cruellest month” and although I don’t doubt Elliot’s reasoning for selecting April as… Read more…

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Bargain hunting

January 28, 2012 by Basil

The winter sales, in most of France, started this year in line with tradition on the second Wednesday inJanuary. I must admit to being a bit of a sucker for… Read more…

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Lost in translation

December 24, 2011 by Basil

It’s about this time of the year and associated with the Christmas festivities, that one starts to think about New Year Resolutions. I have already decided not to worry so… Read more…

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Signs of the times

November 11, 2011 by Basil

Whilst out walking our dog the other day, I noticed a new shop front had appeared just around the corner from our guest-house. The fascia board sported a new, although… Read more…

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Real France

October 12, 2011 by Basil

The Pas-de-Calais Tourist Authority has a slogan on its English language material, which reads: ‘Real France, Real Close.’ Although we are pleased to hand out their brochures they do beg… Read more…

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Mixing it up

August 25, 2011 by Basil

I suppose running a small guesthouse is rather at times, like driving a London taxi or being a hairdresser – people like to share their views on the big wide… Read more…

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Staying in

July 27, 2011 by Basil

I can unmistakably remember my father relating to me his experiences of feisty seaside landladies who, whenever there was a break in the clouds on rainy days, would stand in… Read more…

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Anyone for tea?

June 29, 2011 by Basil

There was a strong temptation in me to write a blog entitled ‘from a Boulogne boarding house,’ principally because I like old fashioned terms of reference and to label our… Read more…

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