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John West looks at the current trends in the property market in SW France
Published in French Property
Friday, 14 June 2013 09:36

The French language - again !

Same message as previous- I just cannot find how to put the accents on - apologies!  Hope you enjoy the article.
Published in Living in France

Not for love nor money can I find how to put the accents on to French words - sorry about that!  Hope you enjoy the article.

Published in Living in France
Monday, 13 May 2013 08:36

Snippets of French history: Chopin

Chopin (1810-1849) was described by his mistress as "more Polish than Poland".  Although many think of him as a Frenchman, he was Polish and, although he lived in France for the last 19 years of his life, he never spoke French particularly well.

Published in Living in France

The local Rotary club held their annual écclade there, which was how we met Sergio and Saskia. The campsite was still very much in its nursery stages, but it was nonetheless a good choice of venue for all the local people were interested – including us – in finding out what was happening and, in turn, it created publicity for the campsite, not to mention general bonhomie for the village.

Published in Living in France
Monday, 11 March 2013 10:17

How well do you speak French Part 2

How’s your French ?    The French call these words “les faux amis”.  In English we just say misunderstandings.


Published in Living in France
I was hanging the washing on the clothes airer in front of the fire the other morning, which is how I dry the clothes in winter since neither budgetary nor planetary concerns will allow me to invest in a tumble drier. I idly wondered if Carla was doing the same thing chez les Sarkozy and quickly realised that was extremely unlikely. I also imagine it’s equally unlikely that they keep just the one room warm during winter, or buy stuff from the reduced shelf in the supermarket.

Published in Living in France
Saturday, 19 November 2011 18:52

Millions of Mulots

Gigi, the cat, has just brought another mulot into the house, and been quickly chased out. Mulot is the colloquial term round here for any sort of small country rodent.

Published in Wildlife and Nature
Thursday, 29 September 2011 08:54

Mummy, can I take the bubble wrap off now?

Interseason is holiday time, and once again rather than heading for the exotics we find ourselves back in Blighty, this time driving round Wolverhampton on a Saturday afternoon when the local footy team is playing at home, looking for a canal. 
Published in Living in France
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 07:08

Alpine Graffiti

Living as we do in the rural backwhacks of beyond, we remain largely oblivious to much of what is reputed to blight modern life, although with Grenoble a mere 40 minutes away, those of us who really want Kalashnikov-toting youth can just pop into town for it and still be back in time for dinner. Looting and rioting opportunities are limited, and while I’m told you can acquire whatever kind of stupefiant you like in resort if you look under the right stone, we don’t acually have to put up with emaciated druggies chasing dragons through the garden. Or whatever it is they like to do.

Published in Living in France
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