Author: wimpywriter

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. […]

For the love of Food

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We love French food, we love the rugged look of the peppers and courgettes, we love the abundance of squash at this time of year and the lack of less seasonal fruit and veg. It makes cooking more interesting and you’re keen to make the most of the new products that appear with the change in season. Last week we went to the market at Villefranche de Rouergue, it’s one of the larger ones that […]

You get what you pay for…

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food / french life / knives / shopping

We’ve always liked knives; Rob uses them of course, for woodwork, for fencing, good sharp knives are essential in the kitchen. There’s a great line in the film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels that begins, “Also, I think knives are a good idea…” I won’t continue as the language is not so suitable for this Blog. Coming to the Averyon we were very excited to be in the home of Laguoile although other knife […]

A Parcel fit for a King…

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food / french life / markets / shopping

We’re lucky in our region of the Averyon to have a number of options for our food shopping. There are a huge range of supermarkets – Intermarché, E. Leclerc, HyperU – they all have loyalty cards and huge ranges of products. In town we have a fabulous baker – I visit at least daily, not just for her excellent cakes, breads, croissants but also for her patience as I try yet another little bit of […]

Plunging into Darkness…

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Some things are different in France, not necessarily better or worse, just different – and becoming used to the differences is part of the settling-in. The clocks are set differently over here, it’s not just that we’re an hour ahead but it’s skewed towards the evening. So our days last longer – perfect for sitting out with that well deserved glass of chilled wine after a morning’s cycling and an afternoon’s hard-gardening, all at 25 […]

Dear Things…

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We love France (you’ve probably gathered); we love it because it offers the things we appreciate, fine wine and stunning scenery. Countless towns and villages that have retained all their quaint past whilst still never being far from the more modern sides of life – we have a wealth of different places we can visit for major outlets, our nearest being Villefranche de Rouergue but it’s also nice (and sometimes cheaper) to go further afield. […]

Two Weeks In…

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Two weeks ago, on Monday 29th September, we started our new life in France. Two weeks is normally a short time, people say the months fly by, they cannot believe it’s almost Christmas – again – and yet these two weeks have seemed like a lifetime (a heavenly one). Of course things are not perfect, indeed there are many who wouldn’t be so keen to live as we currently are (never mind the first three […]