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Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Life, Love And Events In Our Little Bit Of Chianti, Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Saturday February 16, 2019 (11:47:05)   (1 Read)
Welcome to my new look column. Those who have followed my column over the last few years will know that I have historically written about the previous month and the happenings therein. My new column is looking at the here and now, and the exciting events happening in the near future.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Pancakes And Valentines In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Friday February 01, 2019 (09:40:04)   (196 Reads)
Around the middle of January our local shops are full of pancake paraphernalia: crêpe pans, electric crêpe makers and free crêpe recipes appearing in the supermarkets. A little early for Pancake Tuesday, surely? Well, yes: they are in fact gearing up for La Chandeleur, February 2.

Digression: I can never resist an excuse for a spot of research. In my student days research involved hours in the library paper-chasing through dog-eared index cards. It is a joy to be able to sit in my warm study and type ‘Crêpes history’ and sift through the dozens of references while playing online scrabble with my buddy Beardie in Yorkshire.    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Life, Love And Laughter In Our Little Bit Of Chianti In Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Tuesday January 15, 2019 (16:27:26)   (503 Reads)
Welcome to my new look column. Those who have followed my column over the last few years will know that I have historically written about the previous month and the happenings therein. My new column will be looking at the here and now, and the exciting events happening in the near future.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Bonne Année ! From Rural Burgundy

Posted by: marelebas on Sunday December 30, 2018 (09:34:54)   (319 Reads)
I am typing this on 30 December in the lull between festivities. First there was Le Réveillon on Christmas Eve, with champagne, foie gras and oysters. Christmas Day came and went, with turkey or goose and bûche de Noël and, for new expats, the baffling absence of Christmas crackers, not to mention mince pies and Christmas pudding. God bless the British Corner Shop, which sends Christmas delights all over the world.    more ...


Columnists > Ben Zabulis

Ben Zabulis

It’s All Greek to Me!

Posted by: gwaijai on Sunday December 30, 2018 (08:30:00)   (320 Reads)
Now, what ever does that mean?
Okay, maybe not Greek but the subject of Chinese had me spouting similarly when I first landed in Asia many years ago, especially the written form which has remained a source of fascination not to mention great torment ever since. At least the Greek alphabet is vaguely familiar via algebra and physics, so learnable methinks; even reading and writing French at school seemed manageable but as for those unfathomable Chinese characters, well, where the hell do you start?    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Christmas In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Friday November 30, 2018 (09:12:09)   (317 Reads)
Advent, the traditional run-up to Christmas, begins on 1 December, but the big sales drive starts soon after La Toussaint on November 1. The Christmas market season starts on December 1. Here at Maré le Bas the dates to remember are Corbigny (8/9 December) and Lormes (15 December).    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

White Truffles And Roasted Chestnuts In Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Monday November 12, 2018 (11:47:58)   (88 Reads)
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 2018. My aim is to bring you lots of fun things, and not too many serious ones.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

November In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Monday October 29, 2018 (09:25:24)   (353 Reads)
Pumpkins and Chrysanthemums

I am typing this on 28 October. The clocks went back last night and everyone is preparing for a long weekend of socialising. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Hallowe’en has not caught on here despite the best efforts of the local supermarkets. Pumpkins are on sale, but nobody carves lanterns. Here pumpkins are for cooking, especially soup.    more ...


Columnists > Ben Zabulis

Ben Zabulis

A Bad Case Of Wind

Posted by: gwaijai on Saturday October 20, 2018 (08:01:08)   (518 Reads)
Typhoon Mangkhut approaches (Photo by NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite )
No, I’m not talking about the unsociable aftermath of last night’s aloo gobi; I refer to an atmospheric disturbance, believe it or not, of an altogether more vicious persuasion: Typhoon Mangkhut, very powerful, you may have heard about it. Although we’re used to handling cyclones here, when experts start talking about the most severe storm ever known to man and an impending disaster of biblical proportions it gets you thinking that this could indeed be a bit of bother.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Autumn In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Friday September 28, 2018 (17:09:34)   (655 Reads)
Quarré les Tombes is a pretty village with an enticing weekly market. Its claim to fame is not its unremarkable church but the large number of empty stone sarcophagi (tombes) in the graveyard surrounding the church.    more ...