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Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Autumn Comes To Chianti

Posted by: junefinnigan on Tuesday November 14, 2017 (17:25:10)   (15 Reads)

June Finnigan

Benvenuti and Welcome to all my Lovely Followers,

If you are new to this column I should tell you that each month I reflect back on the previous one, which in this case is October 2017. My aim is to bring you lots of fun things, and not too many serious ones.    more ...


Columnists > Maureen Moss

Maureen Moss

Spanish (Il)logic And Élan

Posted by: maureenmoss on Tuesday October 31, 2017 (12:29:30)   (1143 Reads)

Maureen Moss

When I first arrived here in Spain I, like many others, found the bureaucracy somewhat frustrating. It appeared that you need multiple copies of everything relating to your passage through life: birth certificate, Sunday school reports, school reports, marriage certificate, divorce certificate, children’s birth certificate/s, educational qualifications, utility bills, proof of residence, police antecedents document, passport, residence certificate, foreigners’ identification certificate, death certificate…..okay, I own up to exaggerating here and to inventing a few additional papers, but you get the idea.

There is even a hilarious Spanish sketch on social media in which a woman goes into an office armed with a suitcase full of documents, which she triumphantly produces one by one. Each time she is refused service on the grounds that another one of these ‘essential’ pieces of paper is needed, she whips out the required document with glee. This is much to the annoyance of the clerk on duty behind the ‘help’ desk, who gets angrier and angrier as the necessity of actually doing his job becomes more imminent. It’s very funny, and comforting to know that the Spanish themselves find their bureaucracy irritating.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

November in the Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Tuesday October 31, 2017 (09:38:57)   (351 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

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 ...


Columnists > Jess Faraday

Jess Faraday

Bringing Fido

Posted by: JessFaraday on Monday October 30, 2017 (16:04:41)   (485 Reads)

Jess Faraday

So you want to bring your pet abroad. Can you? Moreover, should you?    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Food, Fashion And The Rolling Stones

Posted by: junefinnigan on Thursday October 26, 2017 (10:03:01)   (350 Reads)

June Finnigan

Benvenuti and Welcome to all my Lovely Followers,

If you are new to this column I should tell you that each month I reflect back on the previous one, which in this case is September 2017. My aim is to bring you lots of fun things, and not too many serious ones.    more ...


Columnists > Jess Faraday

Jess Faraday

Lists For Immigrant Californians Relocating To Scotland

Posted by: JessFaraday on Tuesday October 10, 2017 (08:33:30)   (940 Reads)

Jess Faraday

List of things I brought and didn’t need

1) Sandals I lived in my sandals in California. In the winter, I wore them with socks. We do not wear sandals here in Scotland. Well, some people do in the summer, but their feet probably haven’t thawed from the winter, so they don’t feel the cold. I brought three pairs of sandals with me, and I doubt I’ll ever wear them again. That makes me sad.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Autumn In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Friday September 29, 2017 (14:13:38)   (456 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

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 ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Wine Tastings, Drought, And The Italian Exodus

Posted by: junefinnigan on Saturday September 16, 2017 (08:47:00)   (784 Reads)

June Finnigan

Benvenuti and Welcome to all my Lovely Followers,

If you are new to this column I should tell you that each month I reflect back on the previous one, which in this case is August 2017. My aim is to bring you lots of fun things, and not too many serious ones.    more ...


Columnists > Jess Faraday

Jess Faraday

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bin

Posted by: JessFaraday on Thursday September 14, 2017 (10:06:08)   (705 Reads)

Jess Faraday

Scotland is a small country with big plans. It has no time for daydreamers or dilettantes.

If you want to do something here, you do it for real, and you do it right. Which is why Scotland is on track to achieve an extremely ambitious environmental goal: becoming a zero-waste country by 2025.

But to do that, everyone has to pull together in ways that are not always convenient and not always fun.    more ...


Columnists > Maureen Moss

Maureen Moss

A Stroll Around My Home Town: La Mata

Posted by: maureenmoss on Monday September 11, 2017 (13:27:55)   (1722 Reads)

Maureen Moss

Call me sentimental, but I fancy my heart skipped a beat when I first saw the words ‘La Mata’ in the property columns of the local press. I was visiting my daughter here and asked her where this ‘marsh’ was. Soon we were parking the car on one of the many streets leading to the beach and within minutes, I had fallen in love.    more ...