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:

  • Chèque ou Espèces? Cheque or Cash
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    It often takes a holiday in another country to throw into relief the quirks of the one you live in. We returned recently from 10 days in Sweden (hence the blogging hiatus), where things are a bit different from France. … Continue reading →...
  • All Fired Up: Bread Ovens
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    You may have seen these small, domed buildings, often tacked onto the back of a house, in French villages. They’re part of le petit patrimoine, not significant enough to merit historic monument status but important vestiges of past times, nonetheless. … Continue reading →...
  • Getting a (Social) Life in France
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    Making friends is difficult when moving to a new country. Twenty years ago, our Brummie removal men asked, “Do you know anyone here?” When we said no, they shook their heads in disbelief. If you move to la France profonde, … Continue reading →...
  • Preparations for the Fête at Teysseroles
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    I haven’t written much recently about the church at Teysseroles, which we are helping to restore. This is mainly because not a great deal has happened. I have to admit I find the sporadic activity on the restoration frustrating, but … Continue reading →...
  • Ma Vie Française #4: Janine Marsh and the Good Life
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    Today, I’m excited to welcome someone who not only lives in France, but also has visited every corner of it. Janine Marsh runs a phenomenally successful website, The Good Life France and edits a free ezine, The Good Life France … Continue reading →...
  • Restoration of the Lavoir in Caylus
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    Lavoirs, or wash-houses, are features of the landscape around here. In times past, this is where the women (naturally…) did their laundry. They were normally constructed by a spring or a stream, so if the women were lucky, there was … Continue reading →...