Category Archives: Dordogne 2012

Sailing home

While the trip to France at the beginning of a two week holiday is always a great way to start, the trip back can be a bit of a drag. The fact that the ferry takes around nine hours to … Continue reading

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Stilt women scare dog

It would be terribly remiss of me if I didn’t mention the toilet in our hotel room in Saumur. It was clearly designed by someone without legs. Imagine a cupboard and now imagine someone has plonked a toilet against the … Continue reading

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Bank holiday Thursday

We woke to rain this morning. Clearly the sun is only over the Dordogne. Still, unperturbed, we set off (after a yummy French breakfast at the hotel) for the Old Town bit of Saumur followed by the chateau at the … Continue reading

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Leaving Liorac

The nights at the pigeonnaire are completely silent, apart from the occasional night creature. They are also very, very black given there’s no lights anywhere. This is, of course, wonderful, except when Boy decides he’s a bit lonely and wants … Continue reading

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It does rain in the Dordogne

At the pigeonnaire there’s a black Labrador called Boy. The owners use the same sort of electric fence as we do with the poodles in order to keep Boy away from the guest accommodation. He’s a lovely boisterous dog who … Continue reading

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The source of the Internet

Given that today we have lost our connection to the Internet, I thought it the perfect time to describe how we have been accessing it down here on the farm. Because the pigeonnaire is so far from the main house, … Continue reading

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Almost Black Sunday

I forgot to mention that yesterday morning I saw a hoopee. It was sitting on the grass just beyond the loggia (which is what Mirinda calls the verandah) giving me a funny look. Which is odd because they have a … Continue reading

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The man with the nose

Whenever I think of Cyrano de Bergerac, I always think of Steve Martin in the updated, American version where he says 20 nose insults at the beginning. I guess I should read the original (though translated into English) novel. Still, … Continue reading

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Ancient artists

In 1940, Robot the dog fell into a hole. Actually, according to the guide it was called Robert but I think that was his accent and the book says Robot. Anyway…Robot/Robert’s owner, 18 year old Marcel Ravidat managed to pull … Continue reading

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Bliss in France

This place is beautiful. Of course it helps that the weather is just about perfect and it’s very quiet. Even so…this place is beautiful. The beds are a bit weird, it has to be said and the whole place is … Continue reading

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