Monthly Archives: August 2015

Warning- This Is A Rant

This is the wartsandall blog, so I must tell it how it is and vent my frustrations. Hence this open letter to the guest(s) at the Argeles apartment who, jointly or severally, pushed me to the limit this week. ” … Continue reading

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Les trois pour jeudi

A little late, yesterday was pretty full, more on that later. Today’s three are:- One of a set of Art Nouveau tiles, an old painting on glass  and a very French fabric padded box

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Emotional rescue

The Languedoc is dotted with quirky properties in various stages of benign and active neglect: just waiting for some mad and optimistic adventurer to spot and save them. Properly save them I mean. Not get someone else in to board … Continue reading

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Carcassonne

Carcassonne castle, “Le Cite”( e accented but won’t work on this damn notsosmartphone) Is a stunning early medieval fortified city in the Languedoc  and not far north of the village house. A UNESCO world heritage site, there is so much … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three – les cocottes

Actually five today These gorgeous little Le Creuset style lidded iron dishes came from the vide-grenier up the road at Alet-les-Bains. Briefly home to Nostradamus and to a local boy who grew up to be chef to the last Tsar … Continue reading

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A little light lunch

This was a little light lunch at the village cafe. I had what looked like a five egg omelette ( I managed two thirds). Trev had a monster duck breast. Both meals came with the usual fresh crusty bread and … Continue reading

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Who needs the gym?

Before   So this will be my grandson’s luxurious guest suite next week. Hopefully he will have a door on his bathroom too! At least it is relatively clean now. So much effort to shift the rubble and detritus  from … Continue reading

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