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April Lockdown

April Lockdown

The Gate is Shut Like the rest of the world I have been in lockdown since March. As I slowly recovered from shingles it was a continuation of a self-imposed isolation for that virus. And March turned into a convalescence period as well as the...

February was not Fine

February was not Fine

Pains in the night On February 1st I was woken in the night by a stabbing pain in my back. It lasted about two hours. The next night I had an ache all around my left side and this lasted all night. I hardly slept. In the morning I phoned for a...

KING JOHN AND ISABELLA

KING JOHN AND ISABELLA

Two marriages, two very different husbands? Isabella married twice and both her husbands belonged to families that believed they were connected to Mélusine, the fairy woman who was beautiful, full of magic and full of mystery. The Angevins, who...

January Sales and Red Letter Days

January Sales and Red Letter Days

In France the days for the Sales are set by the state, so that no one department can gain an advantage over another. A highly regulated system of just two sales periods a year – one in summer and one after Christmas. And red letter days...