The French ‘Chocolate Sausage’ Mystery
A New Year’s Eve Party is always on New Year’s Eve isn’t it? Are you sure? Read on…
Now you have to understand it was the very first time we stayed at our house in Brittany, and actually, in France at all. After three weeks of busy renovating, furniture assembling and gardening we were exhausted. We’d been to French department stores, French hardware stores, French supermarkets and had learned to accept that things were very different in France and while everything was possible, it all just took much longer.
After these three weeks our home was more or less ready to receive its first guests; there were beds with bed linen to sleep in, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils to prepare meals with,Continue ReadingFollow Us
A French Christmas Tale. A hot baked turkey with roasted vegetables and “all the trimmings” is still very popular in Australia – even when the ambient temperature reaches 38⁰ outside in the shade, although cold platters and gourmet salads are increasing in popularity. For a couple of months leading up to Christmas magazines start to feature both options with strong preferences often being voiced when the Christmas menu gets discussed amongst families in preparation of the big day.
On our first Christmas Day spent in France, and the first at our nearly acquired home, we decided the occasion befitted grand traditional French fare. The anticipation of preparing, cooking and eating in temperatures closer to 7⁰ filled our minds as we revelled in the fresh food purchasing at markets and the meat purchase at the neighbouring village’s butcher. Having visitors for the
occasion was of special joy and an elaborate festive table setting was also planned.
This memory takes us back to another winter’s visit to France during the Christmas period. Always wanting to catch up with our friends Merv, Helen and their son Ollie, and experience something new each trip, we decided the nativity play at Corlay was the perfect occasion to meet up, enjoy the play and afterwards have a chat over a warm drink at the bar. We were particularly looking forward to hearing about Ollie’s recent bike riding tours in the French Alps as he was now home for the winter season. I’d also read the chapel, which was originally built in 1424 by Alain IX de Rohan, had a beautiful alabaster altarpiece which dated from the eighteenth century so I was keen to see this.
Our French Life Story Instalment #4 ‘Aussies in France’ is a memoir of incidents and observations of our life in France, like the importance of the ‘right’ Saint; the power of a stick pin; styled by a French supermarket and “Madame, your chimney’s on fire”…
We read the local advertisement, checked the date, double checked the date and when the time came, dressed ourselves head to foot in the warmest clothes and headed out in the dark with snow steadily falling to find the little village that was putting on the school play we had seen advertised in a local Tabac. We had dashed into the Tabac on our way home from the butchers to pick up last minute fresh baguettes, stinky oozy cheese and obligatory wine.
A Dream Come True
She’d never even been to France but Australian Annette Charlton had always dreamt of buying a holiday home there, and the reality is even better than she imagined. (French Property News)
Well, its been about twelve months since our story was published in the UK International ‘French Property News’ Magazine and with so many new readers joining us over at A French Collection I thought Continue ReadingFollow Us
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