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Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson


Rosemary Border Rabson
In 2005 Rosemary Border Rabson and husband John Rabson emigrated to the Morvan in rural Burgundy, where few other Brits have ventured. Their chief preoccupation is Charity Cottage, a holiday home-from-home in their garden at Maré le Bas which they run in aid of Combat Stress (money donations) and Help for Heroes (free accommodation). Since 2012, when Charity Cottage won the Daily Telegraph’s Best British Charity award, the total amount raised for Combat Stress, comprising UK royalties and donations from visitors to Charity Cottage, is nudging £10,000.


Rosemary Border Rabson

November in the Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Tuesday October 31, 2017 (09:38:57)   (697 Reads)
Chrysanthemuns on sale outside Atac supermarket in Cervon
I am typing this on 30 October. As always at this time of year, our local shops and markets are full of potted chrysanthemums.    more ...


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Autumn In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Friday September 29, 2017 (14:13:38)   (821 Reads)
from their publicity
29 September here, and as I write we are enjoying an Indian summer. There is a great deal going on – wine festivals, antique fairs, exhibitions and much more. Find out more here.

I, however, am typing this surrounded by cardboard boxes. On Monday 2 October work will begin on ripping out our old kitchen and installing a new one.    more ...


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Vive La Rentrée – September In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Thursday August 31, 2017 (15:44:49)   (755 Reads)
My online Harraps devotes an explanatory paragraph to La Rentrée.

"The time of year when children go back to school – in September – has considerable cultural significance in France. Coming after the long summer break or grandes vacances, it is the time when academic, political, social and commercial activity begins again in earnest."

They can say that again. We are commissioning a new kitchen, but we had to wait for the suppliers to come back from their hols before placing our order.    more ...


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Mutterings From The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Sunday July 30, 2017 (22:17:55)   (753 Reads)
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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Summer In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Friday June 30, 2017 (15:42:10)   (1009 Reads)
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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Flaming June In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Tuesday May 30, 2017 (17:47:21)   (1036 Reads)
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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May in the Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Friday April 28, 2017 (22:55:59)   (844 Reads)
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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April Fools' Day In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Wednesday March 29, 2017 (23:28:39)   (787 Reads)
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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En Marche?

Posted by: marelebas on Monday February 27, 2017 (17:50:52)   (2615 Reads)
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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February In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Tuesday January 31, 2017 (21:12:29)   (1286 Reads)
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 ...