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Sep 10, 2019 - Bergerac and bargains

Bonjour, Since my last entry I've taken a trip to the lovely 17th century town of Bergerac in the Dordogne region, south of here. The old town is full of half timbered buildings and there is an abundance of flowers in the streets, so unexpected in the drought. It is known for its natural beauty, its castles, a connection with Cyrano de Bergerac and of course, its wine. I travelled by bus to Poitiers to take the train to Bergerac, via a change in Liborne. However, due to works on the train line between Liborne and Bergerac, we had a...

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Aug 26, 2019 - Music in the village

Bonjour mes amis, Over the last couple of weeks Saint Savin has hosted a variety of music. We had the annual Blues and Jazz Festival, piano recitals and popular music concerts. Something for everyone. I didn't pay to attend the blues festival but you could enjoy it from a distance on one of the terraces at a local bar. I had the added bonus(?) of hearing the late night performances which started at midnight and lasted some nights until 3am, whether I wanted to hear them or not. You see the last performances were at Le Pass'Temps, very close...

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Aug 12, 2019 - Life ambles on in Saint Savin

Bonjour all, The world around us seems to lurch from one crisis to another but my life ambles on in the village and it continues to give me joy. I hope yours is also giving you joy. I've gone with the flow over the past two weeks (without Lorri here) which means that I've been out with friends, had lunches and dinners and drinks from time to time. My friend Heather in Australia asked me if that was all we did here and I have to admit that it is a feature of summer in the village. It's one of the reasons that I'm prepared to endure a second...

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Jul 25, 2019 - Slow pace of Saint Savin

Bonjour mes amis, We hope that you are well and happy. After our European travels in the heat of summer when every day we wanted to go out to see places and fascinating things because we didn't want to miss anything special, it was lovely to return to the comfort and ease of my village. It was still hot but we didn't feel the need to walk around much. We took the opportunity to do our washing and domestic chores which was a pleasant change after being in hotels for so many weeks. However, one problem arose that couldn't be ignored. The...

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Jun 15, 2019 - Getting ready for my birthday trip

Bonjour mes amis, I have had a good couple of weeks since my last entry. The plumber has finally installed my new hot water service which seems more of an achievement just because I've been waiting for it since last year. He had a terrible time getting the old one out of the cupboard/store room which had been built around it. The opening was very small so I think he worked a minor miracle to get it out. Added to that was the fact that the old heater was extremely heavy even after being drained, due to the very calcified water we have in...

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Jun 2, 2019 - Quick, Quick, Slow in Saint Savin

Bonjour mes amis, I hope you are well and enjoying life. I am. Village life here has been like a dance, you know, quick, quick, slow,.... quick, quick, slow. Those of my age might recognise that dance rhythm. And the weather has been the same with cool, windy days followed by warm and now hot days which will change again next week. Still, I'm not complaining. I've been getting out for walks some days and it is all looking up. The wild flowers are blooming and the crops are growing. So the quick, quick part of my socialising has been night...

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May 19, 2019 - Les Jardins Du Prieuré De Laverré (Priory Gardens)

Bonjour mes amis, I hope you are well. I'm feeling a little depressed about the result of the Australian Federal election but I won't dwell on that. I voted and I can't change the outcome, just learn to live with it. However, this journal should be focused on telling you about my life in my village in France. The weather has not been a highlight in the last couple of weeks. We've have a few days of sunshine, then wind and then rain and cool temperatures. We are expecting a thunderstorm later so I've enjoyed myself in spite of the crazy...

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May 8, 2019 - Settled into Saint Savin

Bonjour mes amis, I hope everyone is fine. I'm happily settled into village life and socialising again. It's like I haven't missed a beat. But before that, there was my trip from Australia to France; a long story of its own. Luckily, I've edited to only replay the highlights/lowlights. I flew out of Melbourne at 5am Sunday morning and was due to arrive in Paris at 8pm Sunday night, given the time difference. I actually arrived 10:15am Monday morning. It had all started well, particularly after the girl seated at the window moved, I got a...

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Oct 17, 2018 - Saint-Sever

Saint-Sever was a great little village with a fantastic atmosphere. Friendly, colourful and quaint. Our hotel was modest but with a 'big heart'. It was nice just to relax with drinks and dinner on the kerbside among medieval buildings and very little traffic. This was a great stopover before heading for the Spanish border the following morning.

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Sep 5, 2018 - On my way home

Hello friends, I'm transitioning back into English only because I'm on my way home. I've been in Paris since Saturday evening and I've had a lovely time. My first stop was Legrand, the champagne and wine merchants, for a longed-for glass of fine champagne. Its one of my traditions each time I'm in Paris and I've introduced this place to family and friends. The next day I took the train to Rouen in Normandy, the place where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. It is so historic and visually impressive with so many ancient, timbered...

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Summer 2018

Aug 31, 2018 - Summer's end

Bonjour mes amis, You know how it goes. You approach the end of your holiday with mixed feelings. I've had another lovely summer in France but the time has gone too quickly. I'm in the countdown, eating everything left in the fridge and doing the last minute cleaning or throwing out in preparation for my return next year. At the same time, I'm starting to look forward to seeing family and friends in Australia. And I'm anxious to see my old grandpup, Charlie, to see how he's coping now on three legs. So this is what's been happening in my...

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Summer 2018

Aug 20, 2018 - Hot August Nights, (and cold showers)

Bonour mes amis, Thanks to Neil Diamond for his inspiration of "Hot August Nights". His 70s album was a great hit but the reality of hot August nights is not so pleasant when the heat continues. After Alison left to continue her adventures in southern France and Slovenia, I did a bit of relaxing and resting my knee for a few days. However, by Wednesday of that first week I discovered that my shower felt cool. Damn! I hoped it was my imagination. Sadly no. My hot water heater had stopped working again. Last summer it did the same thing twice...

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Summer 2018

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