Life at the chateau

WELCOME BACK

It is good to be back. Over the past weeks, I have been spending my time marvelling at the Hades that is British daytime television, re-reading novels, and watching box-sets. For that reason, Venetta for the Saint will forever remain in my memory, not least because of...

FRESH IDEAS

Today, I have been mostly considering The Bad Food Guide – and one gem of a story found therein. For those unfamiliar with one of the great tomes of British culinary history, it was authored by Derek Cooper and published in 1967 - a time when many regarded a Berni Inn...

WHEN BACK AT THE CHATEAU…

Or,  what am I most looking forward to once I am able to travel again? My answers may surprise you, but they are mine own… 1) The cars. The gentle reader may have noticed that I am somewhat of a motor-vehicle fanatic. The days of the Renault 4CV, the Citroën DS19, the...

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

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!

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

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

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

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 and...

CHRISTMAS APPROACHES

Readers beware as I feel the urges to indulge in pseudo-profundity in this current blog. Some may wish to seek refuge in re-runs of Escape to the Chateau:  DIY but for those brave enough to remain – brace yourselves. When a scribe approaches his 50th birthday, all...