Category Archives: Living in France

I blame Anna …..

It’s all Anna Blake’s fault, this post and so much more ……. There’s no blogger or horse author I know of who has published such consistently insightful, readable writing on the equine/human relationship. I blame her for making me and … Continue reading

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Rime and Roses

This weekend I picked roses in the garden, which still held a subtle perfume of summer …. Then, the next morning winter arrived, just in time for Christmas. A frosty, misty morning full of sparkling promise And the boys loving … Continue reading

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A (Tack) Room of One’s Own

(With apologies to the spirit of Mrs. Woolf.) In my last-but-one post I wrote about the gargantuan task of clearing out the top of the barn and laying a new floor over the old one.  And I’m glad to report … Continue reading

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Dusting off the Past

It had to be done. Nearly thirty years’ worth of old furniture, boxes of books and clothes, tea chests full of glasses and crockery I hadn’t seen since we moved from London, rugs, building materials, ladders, scaffolding, gates, seven pairs … Continue reading

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A Pleasure, A Niggle and A Funny Incident

The Pleasure I had the pleasure of watching a dressage competition, not too far from here, last weekend. In only its second year, word had obviously spread that the previous year’s organisation and welcome had been a success. And this … Continue reading

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Horsemanship, Health & Ageing; A Cavalière on the Cusp

Recently we went to dinner with a great friend to meet the new man in her life.  Her three children helped to make the meal and the conversation round the table was lively and easygoing.  The talk turned to Finn’s … Continue reading

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Fresh New Year, Fresh New Horse

It’s not hard to guess if and where my sweet-itchy horse is itching. As soon as he sees me he will either plonk that part of himself directly in front of me or point to it with his nose.  Though … Continue reading

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The Laughable Futility of Making Plans

And why cock-eyed optimism keeps us making more…. Back in the bad old days, when life was “nasty, brutish and short” for both man and beast and denizens of the Western world paid a great deal more attention to the Bible (since … Continue reading

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Brunehilde’s Terrible Fate … drawing inspiration from disaster

“La Vie du Château” Aah …. the good life, in French. And here’s a rather gorgeous, distant view of a pair of châteaux which crown a rocky outcrop above the Gorges d’Aveyron, an hour or so’s drive from here.  (You … Continue reading

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Do you like wild mushrooms?

So that’s it then. I’ve slung the flip-flops to the back of the wardrobe, put away the sun-loungers and washed the last pair of shorts. I love this time of year. The leaves are still green on the trees, there’s … Continue reading

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