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Given that the winter months down here are December, January and February there was something very appropriate about the first winter storms occurring on Saturday 2nd December. As regular readers will know everybody here has been desperately anxious for precipitation … Continue reading

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A Christmas retrospective

As we’ve noted before, Christmas in France is thankfully neither as long-lived nor as manic as in the UK. The decorations never go up much before mid November, when the supermarkets fill their ‘seasonal’ aisles with toys and chocolate and … Continue reading

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Often Christmas but never winter

The first thing to say about this Christmas is that in one sense it hasn’t been very Christmassy. As you probably have heard, the dry and extraordinarily warm weather has continued in our part of Europe. Streams are dry, mimosa … Continue reading

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The Provençal crèche

With the exception of the episode of the intense rain and flooding at the start of October it has been a long, dry and warm autumn here. In fact, if it isn’t too hurtful for those of you enduring the … Continue reading

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