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Château Lafayette, Haute-Loire

We spent a pleasant Sunday afternoon visiting one of the few chateau open to the public locally. Château Lafayette originally constructed in the fourteenth century, was the home of a hero of the American and French revolutions, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, better known as Marquis de Lafayette. 206 more words


Wild flower meadows

We have many old meadows full of wild flowers near where we live, and they are all looking particularly lovely at the moment. In a few weeks these will be cut for hay and used as fodder for the winter months, but for the moment there are a wondrous sight. 11 more words


French "Whit Monday"

Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday (also known as Monday of the Holy Spirit) is the holiday celebrated the day after Pentecost, a movable feast… 294 more words

Living In France

May Swarm

The garden in May is beautiful.

The old favourites are back.

Madame Isaac Pereire is flowering and welcoming the bumble bees.

I see more and more male spring bumble bees so I know that their season must be finishing. 580 more words


Butterflies, Bugs & Blooms. 

One of the things I one about living in the countryside is seeing so many of the above, living in London I was lucky to see a few butterflies a day maybe a bumble bee or two, wasps loads, but no honey bees. 36 more words

French Life

Life in France : La Bravade Sainte Maxime

Last week saw the celebration of Sainte Maxime in the village, alongside a public holiday for Ascension. Sainte Maxime lived sometime around 650 and 750 and devoted her life to religion.  101 more words

Life In France

Faire le pont

The French have a sparkle in their eye and a spring in their step these days. It often occurs in the month of May when the warm weather returns along with a month of long weekends. 376 more words