Tag Archives: Marcel Pagnol

Bowled Over: One of France’s Favourite Sports

Under the plane trees on the outskirts of a southern French village, an ancient tradition is taking place. A knot of men is gathered, fortified by glasses of Pastis. The sun dipping behind the trees makes zebra patterns on the … Continue reading

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Favourite French Films: Marcel Pagnol’s La Gloire de Mon Père and Le Château de Ma Mère

† A few months ago, I posted on Life on La Lune’s Facebook page that we were re-watching the films of Marcel Pagnol’s classic Provence novels, Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources. Do watch them if you get the … Continue reading

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Well, Well, Well: Finding Water in Bygone Days

Sorry, I couldn’t help the pun. Water has been on our minds rather a lot this year, what with the contamination of our local water supply a couple of months ago. That now seems to be resolved, fortunately. However, our … Continue reading

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Drought and Southwest France Weather July 2015

I have been reminded yet again this summer of how tough life must have been for the people who lived in our house up until the 1960s, when mains water was installed. Our property has two citernes (water-collecting cisterns) and … Continue reading

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Favourite French Films #2: Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources

Spoiler alert: if you don’t want to know what happens in these films, don’t read on. For those of you who are fed up with my going on about Corsica – and I haven’t finished yet – here’s something more … Continue reading

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