As I try to economise but still enjoy the fruits of this region’s labours, I find myself eating out, regularly. This platefull cost me 11€. About £9 by today’s reckoning. So. Here we have, lettuce,tomato,rice,smoked salmon,langoustine,egg, scallops and crayfish. Plus bread, of course. And in case you doubted me, here is a close up of … READ MORE

Eating out in the south of France

This is a link to an interview I did recently over at the Soooz Says website: Click here to read my interview with Suzanne Burke

Interview with Suzanne Burke

Walking back from the local shop I turned this corner, as I did almost every time I left my apartment. Nothing remarkable you may say. It was summer 2011 and for some reason I have just remembered these three photos. Possibly it is because now that I am living in an all embracing ( literally) … READ MORE

You can do it too!

Last Sunday I was asked to accompany an elderly lady to church. I can think of a million ways to spend an hour and this would not be on any of my lists, not in the UK anyway. When I am travelling, somewhere like Bangkok for example, I am there like a shot. I am … READ MORE

True colours

When I die… Posted by helenducal on March 28, 2012 · Leave a Comment (Edit) ‘When I die, I want to go as peacefully as my grandpa did, in his sleep, instead of screaming like the passengers in his car.’ HA! I keep reading this and it keeps making me laugh. Anyone know who first said it? … READ MORE

When I die…

Auditioning for…Charlie’s Angels?

Auditioning for…

Everytime someone says…Oooh, you’re lucky to live in the south of France, I feel like screaming…NO. Luck had very little to do with it. I left Southampton in July 2003 with a van stuffed to the gills, driven by a wonderfully calm and supportive friend. We arrived in Angouleme, in the Charente region, to be … READ MORE

Don’t tell me I’m lucky!