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Rays of sunshine, weekends away and a cruising plan.

On March 17th, St Patrick’s Day, the Port changed onto boating season time – from now on no more long weekends and holidays for Chayma and Stephanie at the Capitainerie until the end of this season in November. Our neighbour … Continue reading

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Another winter in Carcassonne – but maybe, the last.

We seem to have had more than our fair share of dull, wet and windy weather this December, January and February. I have been keeping track of how we are faring relative to other places that we might be and … Continue reading

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The journey so far (part 2). 8 years and counting. R.O.I.

In my idle hours between Christmas and the New Year, on these winter days in Carcassonne warmed on sunny days by the southern sun or on grey days by the glow from Xenia’s wood burning stove, I have been thinking … Continue reading

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Conges d’ete (summer holidays) in the Lot-et-Garonne

August is summer holiday time throughout Europe and the French in particular do take their summer break seriously. Many businesses and agencies close for some if not all of August and it is common to find in small towns and … Continue reading

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Antidote for cabin fever – a stairway to Heaven and the Vermillion Coast.

Since January 1st there have been only a few boats on the move through the Carcassonne lock – no more than one a week, if that – and in my opinion it has not been ‘boating weather’. Although no frost … Continue reading

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A nightingale sings, a clamour of rooks or a murder of crows, old castles, dead Cathars, other local spirits and Carnaval.

I wasn’t dreaming. It was four in the morning in mid-January and I was wide awake – but I wanted to be quite certain. I got out the IPad, googled birdsong, and sure enough there on YouTube in perfect harmony … Continue reading

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Across the yard.

There’s a well-known truism about life afloat which says that when two or more boaters are gathered together their conversation will soon, some give it only half an hour, turn to the topic of toilets and waste disposal. But I’m … Continue reading

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