Church of St. Nicholas, Moncontour

La France Profonde – “deep” France – is what the French themselves call the kind of rural France where Frances and I have lived since 2002: the land of half-empty villages and old-fashioned farmers and tumbledown ruins. The phrase is used in a derisive way by some, especially Parisians: the way that not-very-bright Londoners refer to the South-West of Britain as “ooo-arr land”. Those who live here tend to take it more as a badge of pride.

La France Profonde
has numerous advantages, and a few drawbacks. Of course there are things we miss about the UK but we both agree that it is very hard to imagine going back, even if we had lots and lots of money: we would miss much more from our present lifestyle if we moved back to England or even to Cornwall.

Garden shed, Moncontour

Bicycles and 2CVs

Flames and the interpretation of dreams

Recycled Religion

Fouées (hearth cakes) April 13th 2016

Tous Commerces (April 26th 2016)

Small livings (April 27th 2016)

The Thousand Years' War (April 28th 2016)

Vernissage (Exhibition) April 30th 2016 (May 2nd 2016)

Sapeurs-Pompiers (May 9th 2016)

The Coffin Repairer (May 23rd 2016)

Change and Decay (June 9th 2016)

Girl on a Tractor (June 19th 2016)

What are Vide-Greniers For? (August 30th 2016)

Wheaties (The Ultimate Hot Water Bottle, October 20th 2016)

Trying to get too much in (picture of St. Jouin de Marnes, October 27th 2016)

A Visit from the Onion Fairy (November 20th 2016)

Misty Day (February 17th 2017)

Sunny Day (February 17th 2017)

Third Day (February 27th 2017)

Local Produce (PPE+M, May 14th 2017)

I wish I'd had a camera (June 29th 2017)

Cities and Villages I (August 1st 2017)

Cities and Villages II (August 1st 2017)

Universal Basic Income, village regeneration, and the arts (September 7th 2017)

The Sweat of thy Face (Past lives 1, October 6th 2017)

Everything is in the story: the Canon 50/1.2 in Leica mount on Bastille Day (posted July 17th 2018)

Largeasse (A village name, honestly: August 20th 2018)

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