Truffles! — Taste of France

Nice blog entry I found for those who like truffles

The winter truffle markets are the place to get a real taste of France.

Truffles! — Taste of France
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Amiens in 2 days — Let’s Live In France

Link to another excellent report from my friend Bob in Carcassonne

We’ve visited the cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris a few times including climbing up 422 steps to where the gargoyles stare out at the city and it has always been impressive in size, height, and history. When I read that the similarly named cathedral in Amiens could hold the Paris landmark inside with room left over, […]

Amiens in 2 days — Let’s Live In France
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Info Post – January 23rd 2022

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

672 days since

1st lockdown in March 2020



Fluctuat nec mergitur

✏️ Announcement from the Prime Minister of the lifting of the restrictions


Daily summary update on the Covid-19 epidemic in France, with figures from Santé Publique France and the Ministry of Health.

On Saturday 22 January, 389,320 infections were recorded in 24 hours.

In hospital, the number of Covid patients was 28,515 on Saturday, compared to 28,457 yesterday. 1,994 new patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours.

Critical care services counted 3,746 Covid-19 patients on Saturday (with 214 new admissions), compared to 3,792 on Friday.

In 24 hours, 167 people have died in hospital from Covid-19, bringing the total death toll to 128,514 (including hospitals and nursing homes) since the beginning of the epidemic.

Since the beginning of the vaccination campaign in France, 53,802,773 people have received at least one injection (i.e. 79.8% of the total population) and 52,469,458 people have received the full vaccination schedule (77.8% of the total population).


“Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.” – Charles de Gaulle 

▫️ FUN




❒ California city fights crows with lasers and a boombox.

❒ This penguin is living its best life

BBC: $388 million funding cut means shows will be canceled 


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Just for the day

Checked in my hotel hospital room for the day in order to receive, what appears to be a regular occurence these days, my dose of clean blood and possibly iron.

So far so good. Waiting for the results of the blood tests before transfusions can begin.

Could do with a coffee

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Little wheels turning (in my head)

Wondering what to do regarding my non-responding computer.

Most annoying

I am convinced it is actually turned on and watching ME through the dark screen pretending to be asleep.

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USB Rules

There are more and more electric and electronic devices which require USB connections so in a first step I have installed some USB plugs on my desk. Far more comfortable than reaching for a wall plug under the said desk.

Now I wish the latest USB C plugs were the standard for all

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Souvenir? 1976

In fact, to tell the truth, I cannot remember much. The occasion: Our second wedding reception which took place in France (the 1st one was in England= in this superb location. Everything had been organised by my parents who invited hundreds of guests most of whom I did not know.

I remember standing at the entrance of the main hall shaking hands to welcome the guests for what it seems like hours.

Of course in those days very few pictures were taken so I have no way of finding out what really happened.

Chateau de Breteuil

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Info Post – January 18th 2022

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

669 days since

1st lockdown in March 2020



Fluctuat nec mergitur

✏️ FINANCE LAW 2022: what’s in it for individuals

The objective of the 2022 Budget Act is to promote economic growth in order to gradually restore the balance of public finances. The 2022 budget extends the implementation of the ‘Recovery Plan’, including the strengthening of employment measures.

The main measures are as follows:

✏︎ Income tax cut: in order to take into account the effects of inflation on the level of household taxation, the brackets of the income tax scale are revalued by 1.4% for the 2021 income tax.

✏︎ Tax reduction for donations to the most disadvantaged: the increased ceiling on the income tax reduction for donations to organisations helping the most disadvantaged has been renewed: it applies to donations of up to €1,000, which benefit from a 75% reduction.

✏︎ Tax reduction for investment in SMEs: the increase in the reduction from 18% to 25% of investments in SMEs, up to a limit of €50,000 (€100,000 for a couple) is also renewed.

✏︎ Tax credit for the equipment of an electric car charging system: individuals who equip their home with an electric car charging system benefit from a tax credit of 75% of the expenses, up to a limit of €300.

✏︎ Tax reduction for a subscription to a news title: the first subscription for a year to a general and political news publication gives entitlement to a tax credit representing 30% of the expenditure, with no ceiling.

✏︎ Tax credit for personal services: the 2022 Finance Act reinstated, for 2021 income, the scope of services eligible for the tax credit cancelled by the Council of State in 2020, in particular for services rendered outside the home, when they are included in a package of services including home-based activities. This credit will be paid out monthly, whereas it was previously paid out in a single instalment and with a one-year delay.

✏︎ Exemption from the taxe d’habitation: the gradual abolition of the taxe d’habitation for the most affluent households will continue. In 2022, these households will benefit from a 65% exemption from their tax. The definitive abolition of the taxe d’habitation, which applies only to the main residence, is only planned for 2023.

✏︎ Extension of MaPrimRénov’: in order to continue to support the energy renovation of housing, the MaPrimRénov’ scheme is extended to 2022, but it is reserved for housing built more than 15 years ago, except as regards the replacement of boilers.

✏︎ Extension of the “Denormandie” scheme: the income tax reduction offered to individuals buying a home to renovate, in a run-down old neighbourhood, in order to rent it out, is extended until 31 December 2023.

✏︎ Tariff shield against rising energy prices: gas prices are maintained at their October 2021 level and the increase in the price of electricity provided for in the February 2022 review is capped at 4%. The shield will apply from 1 February 2022 to 31 January 2023.

✏︎ New calculation of the disabled adults’ allowance (AAH): the calculation of the disabled adults’ allowance (AAH) has been reformed with the creation of a fixed allowance on the income of people living as a couple. This fixed allowance is €5,000 on the income of the spouse not receiving the AAH, plus €1,100 per child. This measure increases the allowance by an average of €110 to €120 per month for around 130,000 recipients.

✏︎ Creation of a commitment income for young people: intended for young people under the age of 26 who are not in employment or training, this new income will be paid from 1 March 2022. Its beneficiaries will receive an allowance of up to €500 per month in return for 15 to 20 hours of training or support per week, over a period of 6 to 12 months.

✏︎ Renewal of the Pass’Sport scheme: introduced in 2021 to promote access to sports clubs for young people, this means-tested back-to-school allowance of €50 per child has been renewed.

✏︎ Improving students’ standard of living: in order to combat student insecurity, grants based on social criteria have been increased by 1%.

✏︎ Extension of the exceptional aid for work experience for people under 30: the exceptional aid for work experience is extended until June 2022.

✏︎ Extension of the universal national service (SNU): with a view to its generalisation, the universal national service (SNU) is deployed for 50,000 young volunteers aged 15 to 17 expected to be on a cohesion stay in 2022.

✏︎ Strengthening civic service: funds will be made available to take on at least 200,000 young people on civic service missions in 2022. The priority themes of these new missions are: fighting the Covid-19 epidemic, promoting the ecological transition, promoting intergenerational solidarity, acting for the success of all students, etc.

✏︎ Combating domestic violence: new funds have been allocated to measures to combat violence against women and prostitution.

✏︎ Continuation of the Recovery Plan: the State is strengthening measures to promote employment and vocational training in the trades of the future, and is stepping up its support for the Pôle emploi.

You will find the official government page HERE


I am sure you are now very familiar with the webcam showing the nest in Sarralbe (F)

I have found an additional 2 webcams from neighbouring towns, but in Germany, with equally interesting nests and activities.


Thanks to the figures published by Santé publique France, here follows a summary of the health situation in France and in the departments of Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales on Monday 17 January.

Conventional hospitalisations down in the Aude
In the Aude department, 144 people with covid were hospitalised on Monday, a figure that has risen by 4 since the previous day. A level not reached since late April 2021. Among these patients, 14 are treated in critical care units (intensive care, intensive care or continuous surveillance), a situation unchanged since Sunday; 89 are treated in conventional hospitalisation (9 less); 39 people are admitted in follow-up and rehabilitation care (SSR) or long-term care units (USLD) (13 more in 24 hours) and 2 in another type of establishment (stable).

Two additional deaths were recorded in 24 hours in the département, bringing the total number of hospital deaths to 461.

The incidence rate in Aude continues to rise and has reached the highest level ever reached in the department since the beginning of the epidemic at 2,201 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the week from 8 to 14 January, compared to 2,145 according to the figure communicated on Sunday.

Since the beginning of the epidemic, 1,804 people have been discharged from hospital, including 10 in 24 hours.

Stability in the hospital in the Pyrénées-Orientales
In the Pyrenees-Orientales, 200 covid patients are being treated in hospitals (a figure that has remained stable over 24 hours). Among them, 25 are being treated in critical care services (resuscitation, intensive care or continuous surveillance), which is 1 more than on Sunday. Eighty-two patients were treated in conventional hospitalisation (2 less in 24 hours); 82 in follow-up and rehabilitation care (SSR) or long-term care units (USLD) (one more since the previous day) and 11 were admitted to another type of hospitalisation (stable).

The department is not reporting any new deaths linked to covid this Monday, the hospital death toll since March 2020 is 527.

The incidence rate seems to have stabilised at a high level (above 2,500) for several days. It is 2,525 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the figure communicated on 17 January for the sliding week from 8 to 14 January, compared to 2,517 for the figure communicated on Sunday.

Since March 2020, 2,208 people hospitalised have returned home, including 7 in 24 hours.

Incidence close to 3,000 in France 🇫🇷
Nationally, there were 296 new deaths from covid in hospital on Monday, bringing the total number of hospital deaths to 100,051. Adding the 27,212 deaths in nursing homes, since March 2020, 127,263 people have died from Covid, according to Santé publique France.

The number of people hospitalised on 17 January was 25,776 (887 more than the previous day), including 3,913 in critical care, i.e. 61 more in 24 hours. This is the first time since 11 May 2021 that the number of hospital admissions has passed the 25,000 mark.

The incidence rate is still rising, albeit at a slower pace, and is close to 3,000 at 2,990 per 100,000 on Monday for the rolling week of 8-14 January, compared to 2,924 according to the figure published the previous day.
102,144 new cases were recorded in 24 hours on 17 January, compared to 93,896 last Monday. This represents an increase of almost 9%.

Since the beginning of the epidemic, 485,556 patients have been able to return home, cured, including 1,549 in 24 hours.

▫️ SAYINGS of the week




❒ Meet NASA’s new silent supersonic jet.

Spider-Man comic page sells for record $3.36M bidding 

Why do astronauts get “space anemia”? This study has an answer. 


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BOUILLABAISSE – a cooking class in Marseille

This Bouillabaisse a noble dish is – A sort of soup or broth, or brew, Or hotchpotch of all sorts of fishes, That Greenwich never could outdo; Green …

BOUILLABAISSE – a cooking class in Marseille
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Le Mans Virtual

From my sister site…

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