• Shrove Tuesday – Mardi Gras

    So it’s Fat Tuesday – that’s what Mardi Gras means. What a great name. Traditionally it marks the last day of the ‘carnaval’ period that began at Epiphany and which ends with Lent (Carême). Quite who would have been celebrating all that while I’m not sure. Certainly not the ordinary...


  • Fête de la St Valentin

    St Valentine’s Day has lots of associations with France. It’s thought that the idea of sending Valentine’s cards started with the Duke of Orleans in the fifteenth century. He was captured during the Battle of Agincourt and taken to the Tour of London. He sent love letters and poems to...


  • Le Pub

    Tuesdays is pub day. No, not the day we head off to our local for our drink , but the day the postman leaves a pile of advertising brochures – le pub – in the mailbox with our letters. We refer to it all as the weekly pictures of meat...


  • Nodes and Nudes

    Photo from www.pdphoto.org I’m going to be gardening by the moon this year. I have my trusty handbook by my side – ‘Mieux Jardiner avec la Lune’ – and I’m ready to get started. But will it really make any difference? Gardening by the phases of the moon stretches back...


  • February sayings and traditions

    Here are a few wise old sayings from the February 1932 edition of La Prosperite a la Campagne: Chandeleur noire – hiver a fait son devoir. Chandeleur trouble – l’hiver redouble. Black Candlemas – winter has finished its work. Unsettled Candlemas – winter will redouble its efforts. (I guess that...