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Rosemary Border Rabson

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Rosemary Border Rabson

Mutterings From The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Sunday July 30, 2017 (22:17:55)   (359 Reads)

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Black Friday

The last weekend of July is a time of massive traffic congestion, caused by les juilletistes – the people who go on holiday in July – on their way home, and les aoûtiens – the August holidaymakers – setting out for their hols. On Friday 28 July French TV channel TF1 showed a map with the worst-affected roads marked in orange, red and black, with black predominating.    more ...


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Rosemary Border Rabson

Summer In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Friday June 30, 2017 (15:42:10)   (610 Reads)

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Quelle canicule!’ everyone exclaimed: ‘What a scorcher!’ June was exceptionally hot and dry, and I took to recycling our bath water to wash the car and water the geraniums on the patio. Then, on June 27, just as we were driving home from Avallon (more of that trip anon), the heavens opened. Since then it has been blessedly cool, and the grass is green again.    more ...


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Rosemary Border Rabson

Flaming June In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Tuesday May 30, 2017 (17:47:21)   (642 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

I am typing this on May 30, during a heatwave – une canicule as they say here. It ain’t half hot, Mum, and John has taken to wearing shorts, while I hang out the washing at 6 am to take advantage of the blessed coolth and to put out water for the birds and squirrels and give the geraniums their morning drink.    more ...


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Rosemary Border Rabson

May in the Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Friday April 28, 2017 (22:55:59)   (445 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

You know May is on the way when the bluebells appear in the woods along the road to Lormes. They overflow onto the verges and compete for attention with delicate white stitchwort and red campion. Truly tricolore, just in time for the Presidential Election in which John and I are not allowed to vote (whatever happened to ‘No taxation without representation’?). As I type it’s a a duel between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. There is all you need to know, and probably more than you wish to know, here.    more ...


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Rosemary Border Rabson

April Fools' Day In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Wednesday March 29, 2017 (23:28:39)   (512 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

Here in France, April Fools are called Poissons d’Avril . Children try to stick a paper fish on the back of an unsuspecting person. While nobody seems to know why fish would be associated with April 1, many think it refers to the zodiac sign of Pisces. Do we really, cosmically speaking, care?    more ...


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Rosemary Border Rabson

En Marche?

Posted by: marelebas on Monday February 27, 2017 (18:50:52)   (882 Reads)

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Mars, actually, but I do enjoy a good pun and En Marche! is the slogan of one of the contenders for the French Presidency.

Digression: Despite rendering unto Le Fisc that which is due unto Le Fisc, John and I are not allowed to vote in this election. Whatever happened to ‘No taxation without representation’?    more ...


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Rosemary Border Rabson

February In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Tuesday January 31, 2017 (22:12:29)   (822 Reads)

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January brought snow. Our birds and squirrels cost us a fortune in grain and fat balls.

Squirrels? Yes: far from hibernating, Tufty and Tess visit our kitchen windowsill daily. John took this photograph through the window.    more ...


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Rosemary Border Rabson

The Morvan Greets the New Year

Posted by: marelebas on Thursday December 29, 2016 (23:15:44)   (911 Reads)

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Nobody comes to the Morvan for motorways, theatres, discos or shopping malls. We are 20 miles from the nearest cinema, although movies are occasionally screened at the Centre Médico-Social in Corbigny, which also offers tap dancing classes, sewing bees, tax advice and the annual flu jabs. Even so, there is plenty going on in a restrained sort of way.    more ...


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Rosemary Border Rabson

Mistletoe, Oysters and Chocklit Log in the Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Tuesday November 29, 2016 (23:03:08)   (522 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

Here we are again: Advent, with its Christmas markets, Christmas concerts and - er- festive fare.

Pedantic Digression: The use of fayre is an abomination second only to the instrusive apostrophe. According to The Free Dictionary website fayre is 'a pseudo-archaic spelling of fair, fare'.    more ...


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Rosemary Border Rabson

All Saints and Armistice Day in the Morvan - and Movember in the UK

Posted by: marelebas on Sunday October 30, 2016 (20:59:39)   (357 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

Hallowe'en is a non-event here in the Morvan. Look up Hallowe'en in the big Harraps dictionary and you will find La Veille de la Toussaint, together with an explanation in French, as if Hallowe'en were an esoteric Polynesian custom chronicled in National Geographic. Aldi and Atac, our local supermarkets, have a few packs of supposedly spooky sweets on display, but in 11 years at Maré le Bas I have never opened the door to a troop of trick-or-treaters.    more ...