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Madame Pickles gets festive

Hi Lorraine, Harriet’s mum, aka Madame Pickles here again.

It’s getting near to the Christmas season and I’ve started getting prepared for a British Christmas here in France – and, I confess, reeling at the prospect of a couple of vegans coming to eat. Yes it was me Harry was referring to when she described people rolling their eyes in despair when she announced she was going vegan. I get it, I admire her commitment and concern for the health of her family but (sorry there is a but) things become difficult when you are vegan and living in France, I am being very selfish here, I knew I was going to miss the girlie lunches we’ve had when we’ve been out, nothing grand, an 11 euro meal in one of the local restaurants. These places are brilliant, they cater for working people, you could be sitting with someone booted and suited or someone that’s just come in from the farm, not quite up to their knees in mud but not far short. You have a proper three or even four course meal, wine or cider is usually included with a coffee to finish. How the “Ouvriers” go back to work I do not know, I just want to go home and do nothing for the rest of the afternoon.

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Found, one lost orchard.

We had a wonderful offer a little while ago, a couple of our readers/friends have a holiday home not far from us. They dream of retiring over here and come whenever they can, but unfortunately never seem to make it when their rambling orchard is offering it’s best. Saddened by the waste they thought of us – can you make use of our fruit ? Do bears shit in the woods ?! Continue reading Found, one lost orchard.

Madame Pickles

Hello, Lorraine here, Harriet’s mum.
For the last couple of weeks I have been psyching myself up for the jam and chutney making season.
I love scavenging the fruit and vegetables, I’m no gardener and make use of any glut my friends are willing to pass onto me and foraged fruit found while walking my puppy, Flint.

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