Category Archives: Taradeau

A Sunday of contrasts

One of the fascinating things about living where we do is a sense of being involved in two worlds: slow-moving, traditional, rural France and the frantic, glamorous twenty-first century urban world of the Cote d’Azur. That contrast was very much … Continue reading

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Time to move?

It seems an extraordinary thing to report but in only six weeks we will have been in France for five years and in this house for 4 ½ years. To answer two frequently repeated questions: a) No, we have no … Continue reading

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January walks

In the midst of busy lives we try to make space for the Monday afternoon walking group which, under the able leadership of a French couple, produces walks up to ten kilometres every week. Numbers range from about 8 to … Continue reading

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Oppidum

One interesting French word which has no obvious English translation is débroussaillage. It basically means clearing vegetation and probably isn’t far from the term “de-brushing” (as in brush wood). In our part of the world, with its abundant sunlight, general warmth and episodic … Continue reading

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Water, Wishes and writings

We’ve blogged a lot previously about either having too little or too much water down here. However , as you can imagine, with its high temperatures and relatively high population density, the use of water is a big issue. The … Continue reading

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Christmas retrospective 2

It seems a bit odd to go back to Christmas, which is now very firmly in the rear-view mirror, but there were some interesting things which we haven’t mentioned. This year Taradeau seemed to be expending a lot of energy … Continue reading

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Christmas Retrospective 1

First, happy new year to all our readers! But we are still just in the Christmas season, so we thought we’d post a few pictures of things we did in the run-up. More next week! All the local wine-producing chateaus … Continue reading

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