• Desolation Consolation

    Sunday, November 12, 2017 0 Permalink 0

    Grande Crue On Monday 03-03-30, a major disaster struck our region, which I have written about before in these pages. A spring flood swelled the Tarn River, but the debris in the water was more than usual, and that debris collected against certain railway bridges which then acted like dams. When those accidental dams finally burst, walls ...

  • The Martyrs of Bordelongue

    Tuesday, August 8, 2017 0 Permalink 0

    They resisted when others collaborated. They paid the ultimate price. Some were murdered there but most were murdered elsewhere and their bodies brought to the internment camp at Bordelongue and buried in two unmarked pits during the war. Their bodies were discovered in 1944 by a farm woman who had seen trucks moving back and forth ...

  • Well that explains alot

    Sunday, August 6, 2017 2 Permalink 0

    As most of you know, I am neither slow to words, nor brief. I like to think I can carry on with the best of them. But that's only true in English. Changing countries really takes you down a few notches! While my brain is the same pretty serviceable brain I've had for as long as ...

  • Lessons in France: Cussing abroad

    Sunday, August 6, 2017 1 Permalink 0

    In the aftermath of Mr. Scaramucci's brief but colorful tenure in the White House, I thought it was a good time to discuss how your own swearing changes when you live outside your mother tongue. Cussing M is having a small problem at the office this week: The French have asked him to refrain from cussing. It's not ...

  • La Vierta again

    Saturday, August 5, 2017 0 Permalink 0

    Earlier in these pages, there was a long and tortured story of another dinner at la Vierta at just about this same time of year. That dinner was mysterious, sultry, ominous, supernatural, and then revelatory, washed in rain and ash. Not so this time. A couple of years on, the Tzigane restaurant hidden in a low ...

  • La Charente-Maritime

    Thursday, July 27, 2017 0 Permalink 0

    It finally came - my second visit, technically, but the first time I really knew something about what I was seeing. Now I know why this region warrants singling out as its own region. I will be back many times, as often as possible: La Rochelle, Saint-Jean-d'Angély, Cognac, Angoulême, and of course a picnic with my ...

  • Fête au Village

    Sunday, July 23, 2017 0 Permalink 0

    Adaptation Originally our quaint little village of la Magdelaine sur Tarn was the leper colony for Villemur sur Tarn, the noble and larger town downriver. We may wonder why anyone would locate their contagious sick upriver, but such was the logic of the Middle Ages, and it is not ours to question. Presumably our house was at ...

  • Around Solstice

    Thursday, June 29, 2017 1 Permalink 0

    The days are impossibly long now, with dawn by 5:30 and twilight past 10:30. The sun rises through the north windows of the house, at a place on the horizon across the river where you could never imagine it going in winter, when it rises maybe 45 degrees to the south. Before the rains came this week, ...