Short break

Having our friends K&P visiting us in Carcassonne gave us the incentive to discover a little more some not too far away places.

This time we are heading west to the Atlantic coast.

Day 1: We arrived early afternoon in Arcachon. We checked in our lovely T Boutique Hotel:

and then went on for a long walk to discover part of the town

Stopped for a well deserved drink and a plate of charcuterie in a new brasserie called “Le Bordeaux” across the street from the railway station.

On the way back to the hotel and walking along the seafront, we spotted a very pleasant restaurant where we are going to head off to for dinner.

Despite the pouring down rain, we made it back to the aforementioned restaurant. I of course had to have my fill of sea food.

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Route du Rhum

SO they have been at it for almost 3 days. At the time of writing this there are 2310 nm left to race for the current leader.

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There has been some really rough seas and storms and someof the favorites have had damages to the boats and had to retire.

I love to follow the race, positions and news on the web:

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Villages de France

A short summary of yesterday’s day trip to Castelnou


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Here we go again, another new month. I started it with a round of golf.

Fantastic weather for it and still fairly warm for a November 1st.

The round was a disaster though, I feel I am going further backwards and it is no fun. I wonder if I have reached a point where I should stop all together.

After all it is costing a fair amount of money and it should be enjoyed.

I guess I shall have another couple of rounds this month and then decide.

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Rotary action time

Following the recent floods, we have been quite busy in the past 2 weeks collecting donations and distributing them where they are needed in town and around the villages which were hit a lot.

Today was a bit special. We received a lorry load from the Rotary Club in Angoulême. The lorry arrived around 10am and we certainly were not expecting such a full load. Many boxes with clothing, kitchen utensils, food and all sorts of furniture.

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We did unload it all and packed it into our friend’s warehouse.

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Next step will be to divide it all into small loads before we deliver it with our cars / vans. We get the info where it is needed from the local mayors and different associations and people contacting us directly.

Hopefully we have managed to convince the local radio stations to advertise the fact that we have goods available.

Next truck to be unloaded is on Friday 2nd of November

Volunteers are more than welcome

Please contact me here



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Does anyone remember those? I am not sure it was available in other countries other than France.

Anyway it brings back good and fond memories.


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2nd chance

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Today, October 27th, marks the 7th anniversary of my heart attack. It was a close affair and thanks to the efficiency of my youngest son, the paramedics and of course the doctors at the hospital I can live today to tell the tale.

One good thing came out of it since the following day I decided to stop smoking and I have not touched the stuff ever since.




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