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Former city-loving Mancunian writer and teacher, a motorbike-loving ex-transport officer, a boy and their assorted animals move to une fermette en France. More Info

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See you Manchester, bonjour Charente

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First cuckoos

March 28, 2017 by Emma

I heard my first cuckoo of spring last Thursday, and another one this morning. The warmer mornings have been much welcome for me, although I would appreciate a run of… Read more…

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What’s in a name?

March 6, 2017 by Emma

With so many of my friends having chosen French names for their children born here, and my sister’s pregnancy, it’s got me interested in names. I always found the French… Read more…

Categories: Life in France

Rucks and Mauls

February 14, 2017 by Emma

Forgive me for taking a bit of time away from the front pages of the newspapers. I shake my head that often these days that I’m surprised it’s not fallen… Read more…

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January 31, 2017 by Emma

Like the majority of people in the Charente, I’m suffering from a persistent cold. The kind of yucky cold that’s in your nose one day and in your chest the… Read more…

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Cold snaps

January 17, 2017 by Emma

I don’t know why, but whenever I get past December, I’m halfway to thinking that spring is on the way. I guess as the days get longer, my head tells… Read more…

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Meilleurs Voeux

January 2, 2017 by Emma

France… a new year. It’s my seventh here, having signed the paperwork for the house in April 2010. I guess that starts you thinking about the seven year itch –… Read more…

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Footloose and comment free

December 27, 2016 by Emma

I hadn’t noticed until now, but I can’t see a facility to comment on AI blogs anymore. Not that this is a big deal. For over six years now I’ve… Read more…

Categories: Life in France

What does Christmas mean in France

December 14, 2016 by Emma

I have to say that I have not caught Christmas contagion for a long time. In the UK, it’s kind of unmissable with the piped music everywhere, the Santa displays,… Read more…

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La vache espagnole

November 29, 2016 by Emma

Well, it’s official. Again. The French are at the bottom of the European league of English speakers, despite being one of our closest neighbours. Whilst everyone despairs about the lack… Read more…

Categories: Language

Toto, I’ve a feeling that we’re not in Kansas anymore…

November 15, 2016 by Emma

Is it just me or does anyone else have the feeling that they’re living in a surreal, surreal dream these last few months? From Brexit to Trump’s election, everything feels… Read more…

Categories: Life in France