Category Archives: Village Life

An American in the Alps

Coming back into the lounge with a fistful of beers, I regretted that I seemed to be the only one to have remained sober. The conversation jumped between French and English and veered and twisted in a way that was … Continue reading

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The French and their food

We carried the last table into the corner of the field, and then went back for the benches. The rock band playing in front of the Salle des fêtes was in full flow and hundreds of people milled around drinking … Continue reading

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« Is that all there is? » I asked my daughter as she handed over what looked suspiciously like an electricity bill and a bank statement. “Yeah, it hasn’t arrived,” she said, her eyes mirroring what was surely my own … Continue reading

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The neighbour

The summons lay on the table. Printed on canary yellow paper it could have been an invitation for a birthday party, rather than an invite to Court one day and some distant part of me wondered if it would be … Continue reading

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