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Peyton Place Chicken Pen

Written by on July 6, 2020 in Blog, My French Life
Peyton Place Chicken Pen

As a chicken keeper, I’m always amazed by the antics of my birds. I keep ducks, chickens and geese – they’re pets, not for the pot despite the urging of my French neighbours.  I love them all but it’s the chickens who for me are the most fascinating. Ducks fight it out to establish a […]

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Le Manoir de Paris | The Paris House of Horrors

Written by on June 18, 2020 in Guest Blogs
Le Manoir de Paris | The Paris House of Horrors

At No. 18, Rue de Paridis, close to the Gare de L’Est is a house of horrors that’s popular with Parisians and visitors alike. Le Manoir de Paris is a theatrical show that’s very unusual. If you want a very different sort of Paris experience from the classic Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre type […]

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A happy ending for a lonely duck

Written by on May 8, 2020 in My French Life
A happy ending for a lonely duck

A couple of years ago now, we went through a torrid time in what is now called “The Year of 52 ducklings”. It was all my fault. As a city slicker, moving to the countryside of northern France has been a bit of a learning curve to put it mildly. And when it comes to […]

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Expert property guide to Tarn-et-Garonne

Written by on April 25, 2020 in Expats in France, Property in France
Expert property guide to Tarn-et-Garonne

Tarn-et-Garonne in south west France is one of the smallest departments in France but that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty to fall in love with. Named for the two mighty rivers which flow through it – the Tarn and the Garonne, it’s an area of outstanding natural beauty, gorges and forests, fields and vineyards pepper […]

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The mysterious French Beast of Gévaudan

Written by on April 20, 2020 in Guest Blogs
The mysterious French Beast of Gévaudan

History is full of horrible monsters. The Cyclops terrified the ancient Greeks, the Abominable Snowman haunts the Himalayas, and Godzilla stomps on Tokyo from time to time. The French have their own terrible creature and—unlike the others—this one was real. The mysterious Beast of Gévaudan ravaged the French countryside in the 18th century, killing so many […]

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My Four Seasons: A Year of the Good Life by Janine Marsh

Written by on April 10, 2020 in Blog
My Four Seasons: A Year of the Good Life by Janine Marsh

One grey dismal day, I took a day trip to northern France to buy some cheap wine with my dad and my husband Mark. My mum had died two years before and my dad, broken-hearted and bereft, turned to whisky to drown his sorrows. I thought getting him to drink wine would be better for […]

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Photos of Collioure that will make you want to go there!

Written by on April 10, 2020 in Readers Photos
Photos of Collioure that will make you want to go there!

The French Mediterranean village of Collioure is nothing short of enchanting. Travel guru Rick Steves refers to it as “paradise reclaimed” – it’s hard to disagree. These gorgeous photos of  Collioure, basking in the sun, are sure to make you want to visit… Collioure is everything that describes an idyllic postcard-perfect retreat from modern stresses… […]

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A Coop d’Etat | Life with chickens

Written by on April 3, 2020 in Blog
A Coop d’Etat | Life with chickens

The day came recently when I realised that this year, the year of Coronavirus, I would have time to do the garden and it’s probably going to be a very good idea to make my vegetable bed as efficient as possible. But I am a chicken mum and some of my chickens are as much […]

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France Bans UFOs!

Written by on March 1, 2020 in Guest Blogs
France Bans UFOs!

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in Provence, in the south of France, is famous for its wines. The town’s name means “the pope’s new château” because many centuries ago a summer papal palace was built here. The main Palace of the Popes was in nearby Avignon. Popes need good wine to drink, so vines were planted, barrels were crafted, […]

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Cycling in the Ardennes

Written by on January 27, 2020 in Guest Blogs
Cycling in the Ardennes

La Meuse is a winding river which meanders its way through the French Ardennes and on into Belgium. It’s a haven for cyclists, especially if you enjoy cycling on the flat. A cycle path follows the Meuse for over 50 kms with incredibly scenic views on either side of the river where hills descend sometimes […]

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