Life at the chateau

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...

HAPPY ST. NICHOLAS DAY

In a previous blog, I wrote about French traditions of St. Nicholas Day on the 6th December, some pleasant – leaving sweets in the shoes of children – and some that might not be well received. His travelling companion Père Fouettard has the anti-social habit of...

CHRISTMAS IS NEAR…

At this time of year, many of us have pleasant visions of Christmas in a hotel; waited upon hand and foot with no rows about the television/catering standards/who forgot to invite whom. Equally, there are countless families who crave just a tad more domestic space on...

DAYS OF LEAVES AND CHRYSANTHEMUMS

At this time year, the thoughts of many who stay at the Chateau de Bois Giruad turn towards the kitchen. That may sound like the opening line to a French version of a certain Jona Lewie song, but the fact remains that a combination of autumnal weather, fresh bread, a...