Life on La Lune

vanessa_franceLife in rural southwest France by a freelance writer and novelist who has lived there since 1997. This is France without frills, telling it how it is in all its delightful and sometimes exasperating detail, with the accent on the history and culture of this beautiful region.



Latest posts on http://vanessafrance.wordpress.com:

  • Cattle Country
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    Considering we are surrounded by them, I’m surprised I haven’t written more about these mainstays of local agriculture. Perhaps it’s because I have a love-hate relationship with them, especially when marauding herds have trampled down our garden. What am I … Continue reading →...
  • Can Spring be far Behind?
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    The literary-minded will notice that the title is a quotation from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s ‘Ode to the West Wind’, written in 1819 while the poet was staying in Florence. The poem can be interpreted in various ways, the most simplistic … Continue reading →...
  • French Flavours #3: C is for Cassoulet
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    I can’t allow the letter C to pass by without writing about cassoulet, the signature dish of southwest France. It’s been around for a long time and the correct recipe is the subject of controversy. What is it? A stew … Continue reading →...
  • Ma Vie Française #3: Author Angela Wren
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    Today, I continue my occasional interview series with people who have made their life in France or who have a particular attachment to it. Author Angela Wren is in the latter category. Let’s find out why she finds France so … Continue reading →...
  • Puylaroque: Tranquil Village with a Turbulent History
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    The panorama from the viewpoint at Puylaroque is magnificent. Beneath the rocky outcrop on which the village stands, the plains of southwest France roll away towards the Pyrénées. On a clear day, you can see the mountains, but that is … Continue reading →...
  • Forgotten Love Letter Saved for Posterity
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    Sometimes fate works in mysterious ways. In this case, it saved for posterity a wonderful letter that would otherwise have been consigned to the flames with a heap of junk. Continue reading →...