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July 24, 2019

As our time here in the south of France comes to an end, I am looking forward to going home to family and friends, if not the Kiwi winter. However, it brings to mind all the wonderful food and wine experiences we have had over the past three months. Stop reading here i...

July 9, 2019

As I have already written, France closes down at midday for a two hour "snoozette" (as our delightful host Kay calls it). The total sense of that has become so very apparent since the onset of the very hot weather that we have been experiencing here in the south. We ha...

June 24, 2019

We are now six weeks into our three month stay in France, so we are losing a little of the rose-coloured gloss of the original few weeks (literally, as the rose wine consumption has dropped slightly!). We are now discovering the real nature of France and its people. Th...

June 11, 2019

One of the things you notice when you visit the Languedoc Rousillion area (that's the area we are living in down south) is that there is a distinct lack of cows and sheep. And yet, this area is not only known for its many wine varieties, but also its 380 types of chees...

May 24, 2019

One of the things about French life that takes quite a bit of getting used to, for a Kiwi anyway, is the midday closedown. The town clock strikes twelve, and its peals have barely finished when the noise of shutters being dropped and doors being locked is unmistakeable...

May 10, 2019

There are many things about France that we just love - the food, the incredible breads available every morning from the little boulangerie at the corner of our street, the beautiful meats that we don't usually see in our butcheries in NZ - duck, rabbit, pigeon - the wi...

April 30, 2019

As Francis Bacon once said, "gardening is the purest form of human pleasures." Spring is in full swing here in southern France, with all the beauty, colour and sharp weather contrasts that we experience in New Zealand during spring. Driving along narrow lanes is a sens...

April 14, 2019

This headline  popped up on my facebook feed this morning - not sure where it came from but it landed with me for a reason. For many years, I have tried to be Wonder Woman; creating, fixing, making, soothing, organising, booking, cuddling, arranging...... and guess wha...

July 10, 2018

For a long time now, I have had people asking when I am going to "blog" again. It's a time thing, you understand. Then I realized that it is something I really want to do. I love writing but life gets in the way. So just to warm up, I am recreating here one of the piec...

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June 24, 2019