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The heat kicks in...
The heat kicks in

  The heat kicks in 24th August . Had a good outing in a double sculler (first time for me) this evening and finished up racing the VIII over the final 2km back to the...  ...read more
Biarritz behind the...
Biarritz behind the beaches

  Biarritz behind the beaches 21st August  Did 15 km on the river this morning in a quad sculler.. (Running total: 66 km)  Each time we make the short trip to Biarritz (10-15...  ...read more
A walk in the park...
A walk in the park

A walk in the park  ( tongue in cheek ) I'm back home after a truly amazing weekend spent in the company of some of the most inspirational people I've ever met. A...  ...read more
The brown brown grass of...
The brown brown grass of home

  The brown brown grass of home August  I've been trying to encourage the lawn in our garden to grow green and weed-free for the past few years but I'm starting to...  ...read more
Sounds of old Europe...
Sounds of old Europe

  Sounds of old Europe That old street organ I heard the other day set me thinking about the cimbalom, another musical instrument that must surely be high on the endangered species...  ...read more
The old boy is knackered...
The old boy is knackered

  The old boy's knackered.. Taking a break from the Do-It-Yourself job from Hell..! I've been down in the cellar for days now brushing the dust & cobwebs of decades off...  ...read more
Step right this way for...
Step right this way for the green blobs

  Step right this way for the green blobs.. Give your 'O' Level French a free work-out (the things I do for you!) with this chart that shows which departments in France are the...  ...read more
La sauce HP...
La sauce HP

  La sauce HP   HP Sauce used to be found on most tables in Britain.. and the label had a lengthy list of ingredients in both English and French. This was probably the...  ...read more
Villa Voisin...
Villa Voisin

Villa Voisin I mentioned in an earlier post that I've become increasingly interested in the Comet Line since I found out that its operations in the South West of...  ...read more
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

 

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