The Saga of the Titre de Sejour, French Paperwork in 4-parts. Part I

We finally have official permission to live here, in France.  Our Titre de Sejour (Carte de Sejour Temporaire) was issued last week.  It only took two years!  It’s supposed to take two months but apparently, we were ‘fast-tracked’.  But wait, there's more….it expired on Feb. 17, 2006.  In case you are unable to get your … Continue reading…

They Eat Horses, Don’t They?

When we first moved to Ireland,  I remember there being a bit of a flap in England about joining the European Union and having to export their prized hunting stallions to France to be eaten.  I don’t remember the particulars but do remember wondering if an Arabian was better than a Palomino.  After moving to … Continue reading…

It’s Spring or The Return of the Creepy-Crawlies

I confess: I have an irrational fear of spiders.  If one gets near me, I feel a rush of panic and jump away.  If one gets on me, I scream.  These are all involuntary reactions.  Logic tells me that spiders won’t harm me (for the most part – there is the Black Widow, Brown Recluse, … Continue reading…

Vines and Wines

I finished pruning the vines yesterday, finally.  It's funny how we get lots of people willing to come and help pick the grapes, spending warm, sunny autumn days in the vineyard followed by good food, good wine and good company, but no one ever is begging to come help prune.  Could it be there is … Continue reading…

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