Month: January 2015

They Measure Things Differently Over Here…

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DIY / french life / measurements / metric system / recurring dreams / shopping / teeth

There’s a wonderful scene at the beginning of Pulp Fiction where John Travolta explains the ‘little differences’ in Europe to Samuel L Jackson and, in discussing the name of a Quarter Pounder he says, “No man, they got the metric system…” But whilst this may take some learning for an American, British ex-pats shouldn’t need to worry – after all, Bishop John Wilkins published a proposal for a universal decimal system of measurement in 1668 […]

Small Town Living (Part One)

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french life / neighbours / rural living

Our English home didn’t include neighbours – unless you could call the sheep, cows  or pigs that sometimes forced their heads over our garden fence, neighbours – so moving to a busy(ish) street like Roc du Pont was an unknown quantity. Our experiences of France – from previous lives to holidays etc. – meant we could imagine all other aspects of our new life but the impending arrival of les voisines was something completely new. […]