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Literary Adventures in France - a blog

In May 2013, my partner and I moved to France to continue the restoration of a farmhouse in the Lot-et-Garonne. Alex is French himself and his family live only 40 km away in the Dordogne so I have been lucky enough to become part of the traditional local community from the start. My French was only O level standard when I arrived but I have been having lessons and listening and speaking as much as possible.
Meanwhile, we have just got back from our long adventure walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. You can read about the walk in my blog below.  One of the reasons I did this walk was because back in 2003 I couldn't walk at all - I was ill with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (see earlier blog entry about this). So to celebrate my being able to walk now, I raised over £5000 for the ME Association!
I am now settling back into every day life and have resumed my teaching. Have also decided to ensure  I write more. See my first published post since being back from the Camino on the amazing new website called 'bind', which uses creativity to engage with the issues surrounding climate change.
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28 Jul 2014

Hide Now!


Along the path these kids run

Behind the hedgerow down by the stream

I counted

Awful, awful

Counting slower, slower, counting

Five, four, history runs in numbers

I clench my hands

Three, two, one

Hide now!


Kathryn Cussons


This is an example of a 'found poem' by one of my former students at St Paul's Girls' School using Glyn Maxwell's poem 'Forty Forty' from his 2008 collection Hide Now as her sou...

28 Jul 2014

David Sharpe uses 'found objects' to create his incredible interpretations of the natural world. We are lucky enough to own this wonderfully life-like pheasant who keeps an eye on all those who enter our house. We also own a tractor, made from bicycle chains, keys and spoons, and covet a life-size stag he made a few years ago which he has now sold.


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July 8, 2017

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