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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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31 Aug 2015

I am varied reader, loving a combination of so-called literary fiction through to thrillers, detective novels and sci-fi. I am a great fan of good children’s literature too and here are a few of my favourite reads from this summer.

One of the most satisfying and thought-provoking novels that I read was the prize-winning ‘How to do Both’ by Ali Smith which was absolutely beautiful. There are two different narrators and the no...

13 Aug 2015

Woods are magical places where people fall in love with the wrong people (Midsummer’s Night Dream), Chaucer’s Wife of Bath finds a prince, little girls take photographs of fairies dancing at their fingertips (the Cottingley Fairies, see image below). In the Perigord, where I live, woods are everywhere, part of the ancient landscape. After it rains, those in the know rush out to gather the white mushroom called the cepe, tradi...

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Autumn Adventures

July 8, 2017

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