Since January most of my articles have dealt with the how and when of gardening, but now I want to look at why we have a garden and what we hope to achieve with it.
The Le Perthus border may well be closed again on December 7th following a call to strike by lorry driver’s union, Organisation des transporteurs routiers européens (OTRE) .
Late November snows and a snow topped Canigou mean that at least a couple of the ski resorts in the Pyrenees opened partially in November!
The pound roared higher in the mid-week, after a key poll suggested the Conservatives will win a majority in the upcoming election.
A popular and much loved Catalan Christmas figure, this small statue, originally of a pooping peasant wearing traditional floppy red Catalan cap (barretina), crouches with trousers half down, in a ‘toilet’ position, making his small contribution to the land. He might be smoking a pipe or reading a newspaper to better pass the time!
Each year, to celebrate Saint Eloi, patron saint of goldsmiths, metalworkers, and coin collectors, Perpignan showcases the grenat, (garnet) and the jewellers and craftspeople who work with this iconic jewel.
In time honoured French tradition, the firemen and public service providers may soon be knocking at your door to offer you their Christmas calendar. Christmas tipping for the postman, (facteur) rubbish collectors ( éboueurs) and firemen ( sapeurs-pompiers) in exchange for a Christmas calendar, is always advisable to ensure smooth post delivery, rubbish collection or house-fire help.
Art, music and cinema….things to do, places to go…….
Last year’s Christmas gathering was brilliant. Everybody agreed that it was fun, relaxed, a great afternoon out, a good mix of personalities and nationalities….and that we must do it again.
Traditional British style sausages and bacon back in the P-O