SEPTEMBER AT THE CHATEAU

SEPTEMBER AT THE CHATEAU

At this time of the year, many Britons will be all too familiar with three of the most depressing words in the English language. ‘Replacement Bus Service” can still cast fear into the hearts of the most stout-hearted individual but when during one’s distant youth, it...
THE HARVEST COMMENCES

THE HARVEST COMMENCES

During the late 1970s, when the world was young and the highlight of a Thursday evening was George and Mildred on ITV, “Harvest” had two meanings for this scribe. Firstly, it meant a stream of Ford Cortina Mk. IVs and Hillman Avengers along the A32 headed by a...
AUGUST – DAYS OF PRUNES AND MUSIC

AUGUST – DAYS OF PRUNES AND MUSIC

Some people associate August with seemingly endless afternoons on the lawn with the Chateau grounds  bathed in golden light. Others will think of the last minute shopping before the start of the new school year. But for the past fourteen years nearly every citizen of...
IN THE HEAT OF THE DAY

IN THE HEAT OF THE DAY

Britons of a certain age – i.e. old enough to recall Demis Roussos discs and  “Fab” lollies – will almost certainly remember the summer of 1976. My own memories of how temperatures in Southampton reached  35.6 °C on the 28th June, the sheer profusion of ladybirds, the...
Joyeux Anniversaire de marriage!

Joyeux Anniversaire de marriage!

The hired Austin A135 Princess that threw a piston while en route to the venue. The Best Man who told those stories of your National Service that you hoped were long-forgotten. And in the evening, Coronation Chicken and Baked Alaska –  plus the hired local dance...