White Christmas gift boxes and decorations

Is It Time To Do Christmas A Little Differently?

What a couple of years it has been! Here in Europe, this will be the second pandemic Christmas, the second year of cooking and baking together, watching television and Zooming,

And Baloo makes seven

The trials and tribulations of rescuing dogs in Southwest France – and the rewards too About Clare Wadsworth Clare lives in Southwest France, and apart from rescuing dogs, she translates from French to English, proofreads, edits, writes and polishes letters and articles, and is on

Candy canes, pine cones and wrapped gifts

Festivities Abound!

“Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat
Please to put a penny in the old man’s hat
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do
If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God bless you!”

France is sizzling this summer

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’
So hush, little baby, don’t you cry.

Du Bose Heyward / George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin

As Easter Approaches

“I lied on my Weight Watchers list. I put down that I had 3 eggs… but they were Cadbury chocolate eggs.” Caroline Rhea

As spring blooms throughout France

“Everyone loves spring. Everything emerges and straightens up. It’s like nature’s erection.”
David Hockney

Violets, mauve crocuses and small yellow butterflies that match the primroses, almond blossom and mimosa – wattle to you. It’s spring, but about a month early. We’re eating broad beans and asparagus outdoors — at lunchtime anyway — and the days are longer, the sunshine brighter and the sunrises and sunsets deeper.

Autumn in Gascony

“Designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don’t feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn.”

Marilyn Monroe