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Summer music...
Summer music

  Summer music 11th July. The telltale signs that the Fêtes de Bayonne is approaching are starting to become visible around town.. Council workmen are erecting barriers on...  ...read more
Road to Laredo...
Road to Laredo

   Road to Laredo 8th July. Last Monday we decided to make a foray into Spain - aiming for a place called Laredo (Cantabria) situated between Bilbao and...  ...read more
Mystery in faded ink...
Mystery in faded ink

  Mystery in faded ink 4th July Madame has a number of her father's books - one of which is Saint-Exupéry's Wind, Sand and Stars. Her father earned his...  ...read more
Defecting to Aviron...
Defecting to Aviron Bayonnais

  Defecting to Aviron Bayonnais 3rd July Yesterday, I was aware all day that the date held some significance for me but for long enough I just couldn't make the connection. Until...  ...read more
Anniversaries...
Anniversaries

  Anniversaries 29th June. I think someone was trying to tell us something..! Today we planned to have lunch out to celebrate a major marital milestone.. This clip is more or less...  ...read more
Provence and the Jura...
Provence and the Jura

Provence and the Jura 22nd June. Back home on Sunday evening after what seems like weeks away. Phew.. We'd planned a four legged journey (a 3 stop strategy in Formula 1 terms!)...  ...read more
Northern France...
Northern France

Northern France Back home again after a long weekend away. Last Friday we drove up to Rouen - some 840-odd kms away - in northern France for a reunion weekend with Madame's...  ...read more
Trois Rivières...
Trois Rivières

  Trois Rivières 25th May. Yesterday morning I found my way down to the clubhouse of Aviron Bayonnais, the other rowing club situated in the heart of Bayonne on...  ...read more
Summer is here...
Summer is here

  Summer's here 23rd May. Up early (just after 6am) to savour the peace and quiet of a summer's morning. The window is wide open, the birds are tweeting, a church bell in town...  ...read more
Tourist Week...
Tourist Week

  Tourist Week May This week, we had M here for a few days. She's an old friend of Madame's and our first visitor of the year. After the unexpected heat of April (up to...  ...read more
Bidarray...
Bidarray

  Bidarray April. Somehow I don't think that the old English proverb 'Ne'er cast a clout till May be out' can apply here - even though the French have a...  ...read more
Haunting memories...
Haunting memories

  Haunting memories On my way into town to buy a baguette just before 11 o'clock this morning I noticed some activity around the Monument aux Morts (War Memorial) in the...  ...read more
Practising for Summer...
Practising for Summer

  Practising for Summer April. Here's another one of those songs that are so familiar - yet until this evening I didn't know what the song was called or who the singer...  ...read more
It is plancha time again...
It is plancha time again Ouch

It's plancha time again! Ouch! It's at this time of the year (April) that I start thinking about lugging the plancha out of the garage, heaving it up the steps of the terrace...  ...read more
Shorts Weather...
Shorts Weather

  Shorts weather.. A big 'plus' for this region compared to many others in France is the almost complete absence of the mosquito or, worse, the dreaded horse fly. In the summer...  ...read more

 

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