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:

  • Finding Our House in France
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    Today is a very special one on La Lune. It’s 20 years ago to the day since we first saw our house. During our five days’ house-hunting in France, among the legion of properties we saw only two fitted the … Continue reading →...
  • #Paris in the Springtime #2
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    Here’s part 2 of the story of our first visit to Paris in 15 years. We had only three days in the capital, and so we were determined to make the most of it. Our shoe leather was definitely more … Continue reading →...
  • Paris in the Springtime #1
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    People often say to us, “You must visit Paris all the time!” Actually, we’ve been there only twice as tourists in our 20 years in France, and I’ve been there for the day (!) a couple of times for work. … Continue reading →...
  • Tree Pests: Pine Processionary Caterpillars
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    I trained my binoculars on the tree and zoomed in. My suspicions were confirmed. There was no doubt that the beginnings of a white cocoon about halfway up were the work of pine processionary caterpillars. If you look closely, you … Continue reading →...
  • 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 →...