On Chesil Beach, Ian McEwan
Pretty Perfect P-O Picnics WITH KATYA WILLEMSEN (Read Shepherd’s Prayer, Katja’s fast- paced adventure set in Collioure. Available on Amazon) Tour de Massane Red flames blazing from the Massane Tower in the 13th century spiked…
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DIVIDE AND CONKER The sweet chestnut Look out for a ‘castanyada’ near you, village festival celebrating the sweet chestnut, traditionally held on the 1st November at Toussaint, but a hot treat on any cold day…
Don’t forget to turn your clocks back.
Records of the River Tech’s regular floods date back to 1421. Over the centuries, many have been especially bad. In 1876, for example, between 17th and 20th October, houses were demolished, railway bridges destroyed, road bridges badly damaged, and two people drowned.
Here in Catalonia, All Saints’ Day and the evening before are known as the Castanyada, (’Fête de la châtaigne’ in French) meaning Day of the Chestnut.
Traditionally, ‘castanyes’ (roast chestnuts) are eaten along with ‘moniatos’ (roast sweet potatoes) and ‘panellets’ (small almond balls covered in pine nuts).
La Toussaint in France (All Saint’s Day) was originally created by the Catholic Church to honour the poor old saints and martyrs who didn’t have their own holy day.
As we drive up the mountain through the village of Arles sur Tech, past Touron and round the corner on the left along Rue Baills Jean Vila there is my favourite petit bijou ….
On Sunday 12th November , the wine producers of Latour de France open their doors wide and invite you to join them for a day of tasting.