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Monthly Archives: Apr 2019

Art historians consider Impressionism to be the first distinctly modern movement in painting. It started in the 1860’s in Paris and the ideas of the movement spread throughout Europe. Instead of the photo-quality realism of a highly blended finish with invisible brush strokes that was the accepted manner of painting at the time, Impressionists aimed to capture the momentary, fleeting effect of a scene on the eye, especially the effects of light…. Read More

We woke up to a beautiful, sunny morning in a France Passion site near to St-George-sur-Cher. Before we set off this morning the owner of the winery Pierre, came by to apologise for the smoking pyres dotted around the vineyard. He explained that they set fire to the straw bales at around four o’clock in the morning. From what I can gather this is a relatively new process, where the smoke from… Read More

The Psychopath driving the 40ft artic that careered past us whilst we stopped to change drivers, must have been partially blind and completely deaf. He swerved violently through the town’s 30kph chicane with the full height rear trailer doors flapping wildly, like a crazed scientist in a open lab coat hurrying along on his bike. The driver was oblivious to the van in hot pursuit, frantically flashing his lights and sounding its… Read More

Gary Numan sang ‘Are friends electric’….. well not yet. But today we’ve called in to visit two of our friends from the Jive world – Pete & Jane – so we were grateful to plug Charlie into their electric whilst spending a night with them. Pete and Jane moved out to France 3 years ago to ‘live the good life’ growing their own fruit and vegetables in a small, idyllic hamlet not… Read More

Anyone who’s feeling the need for some good news, especially if, like us you’re thoroughly pissed off with Brexit and desperately need a story with a happy ending… READ NO FURTHER. On 10 June 1944, the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in Haute Vienne in Nazi-occupied France was destroyed, when 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company. On 10 June, Diekmann’s battalion sealed off Oradour-sur-Glane and ordered… Read More

As fans of classic black & white musical movies like Singing in the Rain. Lesley & I have concluded that the yellow roads on the Michelin paper maps represent the Yellow Brick Road… And although neither of us are into astrology but based on our birth dates we are both ‘Leo’s’ and therefore: lions. So given the chance we’ll cautiously follow these squiggly, often picturesque routes, but so far, although we’ve met… Read More

For me Easter is not coming soon enough…. No, we’re not desperate to get home to rejoice that we can’t get within 50 metres of Fell Foot Park due to the crowds of bank holiday visitors. No, it’s the thought of all that guilt free access to chocolate! Yes, whilst away we’ve had M&M’s plus Lindt Chilli and Mars bar ice creams etc. but you just can’t beat the memories that come… Read More