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An early Spring and promise of a hot Summer

It’s always heartwarming to compare, and sometimes contrast, the weather that we’re having here in southwest France to the weather back in the UK and to be reminded that we do enjoy longer, hotter summers. An early Spring suggests that…

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A New Swimming Pool for our Gîtes

Once we were settled in here we began to look at plans to install a swimming pool. Three hot summers without one had brought home the need and so having settled on a supplier and timetable the deal was signed…

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La Vallée des Singes

There are many so places to visit in and around Deux-Sevres, Vienne and Charente, and this post is the first suggestion for a great family day (or half day) out, although this is not limited to families, it’s a wonderful…

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A Vanzay wedding

On the 7th August we had a wedding here in Vanzay, Marion and Philippe were married at L’Église de Saint Jacques.  The groom’s parents and his brothers were staying with us in La Petite Maison, along with some friends of…

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The Last Supper: the end of a great week of classic motoring

We were lucky enough to have both La Petite Maison and La Grange booked out for the last week of June by classic car enthusiasts: Rob and Claire in their MGB Roadster with a recently rebuilt and breathed on engine…

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