The Gate of the Year

The Gate of the Year

At this time, I thought this poem seemed apt. God Knows, also known as The Gate of the Year was written by Minnie Louise Haskins and famously broadcast by HM King George VI as part of his 1939 Christmas broadcast: And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the...
DAYS OF LEMONS

DAYS OF LEMONS

I am writing this blog on St. David’s Day, a time of the year where there is a palpable sense of renewal. It is not merely the quality of the light and how the evenings are longer but also the changes in the flora and the fauna. The summer feels somewhat closer and...
Joyeuse Saint Valentin!

Joyeuse Saint Valentin!

Ah, Valentine’s Day – cards, heart-shaped chocolates with strawberry fondant centres and various ballads emanating from the local radio station. At least these seem to be the standard British practices on the 14th February, but at Chateau de Bois Giraud you are...
THE IDEAL CHATEAU VIEWING

THE IDEAL CHATEAU VIEWING

During the winter evenings at Chateau de Bois Giraud, you may care to view a DVD, and so I recommend A Shot in the Dark as one of my favourite French-set pictures. Of course, one of the principal cast was from that nation – Peter Sellers hailed from Southsea, George...
The Joys of the Renault 4CV

The Joys of the Renault 4CV

As readers are all too aware, I am a scribe of many ambitions. Of my two current goals, one is to wander the grounds of Chateau Bois de Giraud playing the theme to Touchez Pas au Grisbi on my blues harp while looking suitably world-weary and Jean Gabin-like. The...
JANUARY IN THE CHATEAU

JANUARY IN THE CHATEAU

Chateau do Bois Giraud has a multitude of uses – and at this time of the year, it is the ideal venue for a holiday from your Christmas holiday. For those of use of a certain nationality and age – British and born in the same year as the moon landing, Abbey Road...