A FRENCH HOGMANAY

And a Happy New Year to you all! Many readers will ask how we celebrateHogmanay in the Chateau, and even if you are not, we will tell you anyway.The brief answer is we were in the UK at the start of 2023, but there is no fixedpattern even if we were in the Loire...
CHRISTMAS AT THE CHATEAU

CHRISTMAS AT THE CHATEAU

As we have previously discussed, the Chateau comes to life when hosting families and friends, and never more so than in December. It is also at this time of the year when the writer is prone to contrasting the festivities in the Loire Valley with those of his own...

WINTERING AT THE CHATEAU

Katherine May wrote in her sublime book Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times that ” winter is not the death of the life cycle, but its crucible”. It is a comforting thought as the grounds change colour and even texture, and...
OFF ON OUR TRAVELS

OFF ON OUR TRAVELS

Those readers of maturity – i.e., old enough to recall Sacha Distel singing Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head – may remember the advertising phrase, “Your holiday abroad begins aboard”. However, it is our experience that sometimes a sense of discord sets...
TERM STARTS – AVEC BEAUCOUP DE GCSE

TERM STARTS – AVEC BEAUCOUP DE GCSE

I previously discussed the joys of waiting for GCSE results, but on the 26th ourapprehension finally ended. However, it has to be said that among the verycreditable array of grades was a less than stellar mark in a certain language.Yes, with comedy timing that would...