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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

Glut Is A Four-Letter Word: Nature's Bounty In The Morvan

Posted by: Carole on Sunday June 29, 2014 (01:09:23)   (2279 Reads)
Rosemary Border Rabson
'I hate plum jam!' the heroine of Calendar Girls announces to the Women's Institute AGM. She had a point. Faced with a surfeit of Nature's Bounty, my generation reached unquestioningly for the jam pan and the Kilner jars. 'Waste not, want not' was the rule; process your fruit and veg and compost the peelings.

Keats wrote in praise of autumn:

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness...
To bend with apples the mossed cottage trees
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core...    more ...


Rosemary Border Rabson

Yum – And Yuk!

Posted by: Carole on Friday June 13, 2014 (16:19:30)   (2135 Reads)
Rosy Rabson
We eat well here in the Morvan, in Burgundy, central France. Cheeses to die for, top-quality meat and poultry, superb fruit, vegetables and salads, a bewildering choice of pâtés, terrines and other charcuterie, delectable tarts and cakes. All this and wine too!

Lefty propaganda prattles merrily of diversity and cultural enrichment. Well, our visitors leave us culturally enriched by their experience of local food (our cheese boards would be impossible to duplicate in rural England), while our French friends and neighbours embrace our Chinese and Indian dishes, along with toad-in-the-hole, cottage pie and indeed, roast pork with proper crackling.    more ...


Rosemary Border Rabson

Empty Your Attics!

Posted by: Carole on Monday May 19, 2014 (03:06:27)   (3928 Reads)
Rosemary Border Rabson
There are many reasons for visiting the Morvan. There is fishing. There are water sports. Caves for sightseers and serious cavers. Glorious scenery. History and archaeology. Food and wine.

Concerts, organised rambles, guided tours of ancient monuments. Refreshingly few tourists and no shopping malls but a great many markets. Every community has a weekly market featuring, typically, fruit, vegetables, honey and cheap shoes. On the second Tuesday of every month our nearest town, Corbigny, holds a monthly market on the Champ de Foire, with everything from watch batteries through live poultry, bedding plants and sausages to cheap jewellery. The Tout à 1 euro stall is popular with children and with housewives in search of wooden spoons, picnic plates and darning wool.    more ...


Rosemary Border Rabson

Burning Our Boats?

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday May 07, 2014 (01:33:55)   (3623 Reads)
Rosemary Border Rabson
What do expats do about their real estate in the UK? Do they keep a foothold in the old country, or do they – metaphorically - burn their boats? Some say Alexander the Great was the first to burn his boats. Others say it was Cortez: you could spend hours on the web and come up with a dozen different answers. In our case we felt we'd be burning our boats if we sold up when we moved to the Morvan, a beautiful corner of Burgundy, in 2005. I hope our story will prompt other expats to tell theirs.

We decided to keep The Limes, our old farmhouse in Eyke, Suffolk, at least temporarily. Firstly, we wanted to be able to return to Blighty if our move to the Morvan turned out to be a huge mistake.    more ...