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Helen retired in June and her husband in August, 2013. They now have more time to enjoy France, and other adventures, including spending more time together. More Info

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Travel, travails and happinesses

Travel, travails and happinesses

Travel………..

April 8, 2017 by Helen

February’s post was about Porto, a place accessible from Bordeaux airport. In March this year we embarked on our longest holiday ever, travelling with Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow to Hong… Read more…

Categories: Reflections, Travels

February holiday

March 7, 2017 by Helen

Over recent years we have had the pleasure of finding new places for a few days holiday, within driving distance of South west France. Martel beyond Sarlat, where there is… Read more…

Categories: Travels

December in January…….second reflection

February 1, 2017 by Helen

Sorry, it’s now February!. Anyway, we’ve had the husband’s, now here are my reflections on this time of year.   January………..sunshine, frosts, ‘The Sixteen’ (you see, it’s not only Leonard… Read more…

December in January……..first reflection.

January 31, 2017 by Helen

Last month, the husband asked me to publish his reflections on Christmas, so here they are, rather belatedly.  My reflections on this time of year are to follow. I think… Read more…

Categories: Christmas, Reflections

Casteljaloux

December 30, 2016 by Helen

During the Autumn I decided to satisfy my yearning  to visit the ‘thermal spa’ at Casteljaloux. Around an hour from home, and south of Ste Foye la Grande, it would… Read more…

Categories: French life, Travels

Leonard………….and where have all the Linda’s gone?

November 30, 2016 by Helen

I hope you will forgive me if I begin by writing again about Leonard Cohen, who I talked about last month. He was indeed frail and unwell, and on 7th… Read more…

Leaving the Table……………

October 31, 2016 by Helen

‘Leaving the Table’ is the title of a track taken from Leonard Cohen’s new album, ‘You Want it Darker’. Leonard Cohen was 82 in September, and during a recent rare… Read more…

Categories: French life, Music, Reflections

Reflections……..on the Internet.

September 30, 2016 by Helen

Towards the end of the 1980′s I worked for an advertising agency (in an administrative role; I don’t have that kind of creative mind!). Our director, a very enterprising man,… Read more…

Categories: Reflections

Classic Cars….. in France

August 29, 2016 by Helen

One of the pleasures of the summer is being able to drive our 1970 MG Midget ‘Henrietta’ around the circuitous roads of south west France. Admittedly, most of the driving… Read more…

Categories: Classic cars, French life

It’s Summertime………. Highlights

July 31, 2016 by Helen

Summertime, when we enjoy the long hot days of sun, the garden, the countryside, (and for us, the sports car) and of course, the visitors. However you may remember that… Read more…