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Everybody’s second sea …

October 7, 2016 by Jim

If, as Thomas Jefferson said, France is every person’s second country, then, by the same token, the Mediterranean is surely every person’s second sea.  And our recent holiday to its… Read more…

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Simply the best!

September 3, 2016 by Jim

  Last evening found us in the pretty, ancient fishing port of Mornac-Sur-Soudre, near to Royan, preparing to eat a most unusual meal called Eclade de Moule.  The ubiquitous moules… Read more…

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Knocking on morning’s door.

August 1, 2016 by Jim

“Were you off to a stag do?” asked Simon, my niece Becky’s partner.  “Hope you’re not fawning an injury?” said Penny, a friend from our Eurotunnel days. Matt, my old… Read more…

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The roads are always open!

July 25, 2016 by Jim

Last June, Diana bought me an electronic pedometer for my birthday to accompany me, and the day’s dog, on our daily walks.  At first, I was a bit sniffy (and… Read more…

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Call it a draw!

July 4, 2016 by Jim

It’s around this time of year that molehills start to appear all over our lawns.  Now I’m aware that such earthy protuberances cause many gardeners to become furious – murderous… Read more…

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Be careful what you wish for …

June 24, 2016 by Jim

Diana and I took this photograph on the Channel Tunnel project, soon after the historic undersea breakthrough between France and England in 1990. Britain was, officially, no longer an island; it was… Read more…

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Sharing with the Angels

June 11, 2016 by Jim

Given the time that I’ve spent in the past 18 months walking through our local Cognac vineyards, observing the fascinating growing process from the first shoots to harvesting, it was… Read more…

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The scarlet tide

May 29, 2016 by Jim

Few things have given me more pleasure, during my recent early morning walks with the day’s dog through our local vineyards, than unexpectedly happening upon some blood-red poppies, newly sprung… Read more…

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Hazel and the Lion

May 22, 2016 by Jim

Marriot Edgar/Stanley Holloway: “The manager ‘ad to be sent for; ‘E came and ‘e said “Wot’s to-do?” Ma said “Yon lion’s ate Albert, And ‘im in ‘is Sunday clothes, too!”… Read more…

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Hearing your own voice

April 28, 2016 by Jim

On the way back from the dechetterie, Paul said “Did you know there’s a local zoo near here? It’s a secret known to very few people!”  With Paul’s muscular help,… Read more…

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