Denis and his Iron-Age Treasure

A few years ago the chapel opposite our cottage in Brittany was deconsecrated. In no time, Denis, the eccentric and widely loved handyman who worked for the Mairie*, had converted it into a public amenity with the nave a meeting room-cum-exhibition space and the chancel a kitchen and toilet. Outside, he built a ramp for…

The Queen and I: a Paradox

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II certainly deserves congratulations - living for ninety-six years, of which seventy have been as Head of State, is an extraordinary achievement. In its coverage of the celebrations the media told how different people have been touched by her reign. This blog is about two such occasions that affected me: both occurred at my workplace - St George’s Hospital…

There’s a Maze at the Bottom of our Garden

Most of the garden at our cottage in Brittany is carefully tended. We are not meticulous but when we are living there - nearly half the year -  it gets hours of attention almost everyday. There is, however, an exception; apart from a serious autumn strimming, the meadow near the bottom of the garden is…

Tulips that Divide a Community

Just south of our house in Finistère, tulips are grown in profusion. For most of the year the fields look drab, even barren; in early spring, however, everything changes. For one month there are carpets of the most vivid purples, violets, scarlets and yellows. Sometimes there are broad rows with, say, bands of yellow and scarlet alongside…

The Secret Genius of Vivian Maier

After two miserably confining Covid years, we are once again visiting museums, galleries and exhibitions and even going to the cinema. Rohan led the return; I initially resisted. She argued that it was time for us, well, for me, to venture out more, and, of course she was right!  The venues she has chosen have…

Turn, Turn, Turn

There can be few better ways to celebrate a birthday or an anniversary than by sharing a meal together at a classy restaurant. No preparation, no washing up, just two hours being spoiled with wonderful mixtures of flavours and textures rarely matched at home. There is a problem - finding a restaurant for such special…