It’s a Blogger’s World- Share Yours!

The phenomena of blogging had exploded onto our screens long before the coronavirus crisis.

They are a link to the outside world, to something beyond our own four walls… to people other than our immediate family, pets or reflections in the mirror!

Voyeurism, curiosity, escapism… whatever the reason behind their popularity, blogs are a huge part of everyday life and here at P-O Life, we have a number of resident bloggers.

  1. Amateur wine expert, Tony Goodman provides a weekly round up, entitled Out and About, (although during lockdown we renamed this Staying at Home.)
  2. Simon Bridges shares his thoughts of his own P-O Life in a weekly Simon Says.
  3. Leone Crinnion shares her monthly Observations of a Newcomer to Saint Cyprien, comparing the blue skies and sunshine to the hustle and bustle of her ‘other life’ in Paris.

You can access all the previous blog posts by typing the titles into the search function of our homepage.

We know, however, that many of readers run their own blogs and as such, if you think your musings could be interesting, useful or entertaining to other P-O readers, please do share!

Send us an introductory paragraph to your latest posts, along with a link to your blog, to and we will feature them here for all the world to see, well the English-speaking world linked to the region anyway!

Life skills

By Gillian from

This week’s blog is the third in the Series entitled ‘What Job is Right for Me? A Guide for Young People.’ Today we are talking about Life Skills and the importance of finding out what you like/ don’t like by trying new things outside of school.

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By Ansua from

Every tree has a different sound. There are the waterfall trees where the wind rushes through like water over stone – gurgling, rippling, happy and smooth. Then, there are the wind chime ones. The ones that ring like hollow bamboo tubes hanging outside the door on a windy summer night – slightly forlorn and beautifully haunting. Some trees sound like the prairie at night, where the corn rustles and whispers stories that are ancient and passed from generation to generation. Stories of loss and grief, stories of joy and freedom – all the tales the land has seen and will see. Then there are trees that sound like the summer heat on a mediterranean plain. The echoing calls of the cicadas that reverberate from the bare and stony mountain sides.

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Shaping up

By Loulou from


Well, I had thought to teach one of these classes but these guys beat me to it and they are doing a lot better than I — not sure I have the patience to Sun Salute with a large group of kitties.

Especially when doing the Downward Facing Dog, haha.  Maybe Mya could help me with that one, or Marcus.  Speaking of Marcus, Jan Price’s wonderful companion when she was with us, he is in Florida and very happy with his new home, according to Mr Doug, who keeps in touch.

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Le coup de foudre

By DL from

The French call love at first site  Le Coupe de Foudre. Does it exist? I think so from many couples I’ve seen.

Some examples…

A good friend’s husband said, he knew the minute he saw her, she was the one. He was in his 30s.

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This too shall pass

By Jeannie from

I heard a story recently about the fabled King Solomon.  He had a boastful solider who announced that he could find anything that the King required, anywhere on earth.  The King decided that the solider needed more humility so he thought of an impossible task.  The King publicly challenged the solider to find him a magical ring ‘that can make a happy person sad and a sad person happy.’  The King gave the solider six months to find this magical ring.

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Through a one-way door?

By Rick from

When the pandemic started to spread rapidly in Italy in February and then the rest of Europe, including Switzerland, where we were at the time, our worst nightmare – one that I know many families have now tragically gone through – was that Donna-Lane or I, or both, would catch the virus and end up in the hospital … and we would not be allowed to see each other. Alone. Slipping toward death.

We almost thought we were starting that scenario this week.

The saga started on Tuesday in a restaurant near Avignon, France, where we stopped enroute from Geneva to our deuxieme maison in Argelès sur Mer.

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7500km by bike

By David from

EuroVelo 8 (EV 8 ), from Cadix to Cyprus, taking in 10 countries, 23 UNESCO sites and ‘712 species of fish’ (?), this is indeed a big ride.

My aspirations are somewhat less.

Bastille Day found me cycling 1/1000 of it, the newest 7 km , from Argeles to Sorede .

‘Elle pourrait ressembler au «Champ Élysée»’ ; maybe not quite , but it is truly magnificent. €400,000 well spent; a must for walkers and cyclists alike.

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Incredible rock formations in France : Les Orgues d’Ille sur Têt

By Camden from

Fairy chimneys, also known as hoodoos, are tall rock spires that formed by the erosion of water. In French these formations are referred to as demoiselles coiffées (ladies with their hair styled) in addition to cheminées de fée.

It turns out the Southwestern United States and the Southwest of France have something in common geologically: incredible rock formations! When I first saw photos of these funky rocks, I could not believe it was in France. Last weekend, I finally got to see these fairy chimneys for myself and had quite the adventure.

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  1. Three videos are available for stay at home cooks:

    Suzanne Dunaway’s FLASH Pizza
    Suzanne Dunaway’s FLASH Focaccia
    Suzanne Dunaway’s FLASH Pasta alla romana

    I have many references who have used all three recipes, some for years.
    If your readers are interesting, please enjoy them and leave a comment.
    I don’t know if they actually go in the Blog section of your lovely PO LIFE.
    But I think whoever reads this will enjoy them.

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