The Lou Messugo Blog - life in the south of France from a British/Australian TCK's perspective, bringing you French culture, travel on the Côte d'Azur and beyond, expat issues and a little bit of je ne sais quoi all mixed up with a hefty dose of photography.

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May garden - bottlebrush

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One of the best places on earth!

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What is Lou Messugo?

Let's talk about "Lou Messugo".  Sometimes I get the feeling people are confused about Lou Messugo. What / who is it exactly? Perhaps I’m too wary of promoting my own business on this blog that it’s not actually clear that Lou Messugo is first and foremost a gîte, a holiday apartment, a vacation rental, a self-catering holiday let with pool (sleeps 4), call it what you will, it’s a damn fine place to spend some time in …. And it is also a blog (but it isn't me!)

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Frogs & snakes in my French garden

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It’s been a while since I’ve written about the wildlife at Lou Messugo but not for the lack of it, far from it, this summer has been all about snakessssssss and pretty green frogs.  I guess that could be a bit of an exaggeration as the summer hasn’t really been all about these creatures, but in terms of wildlife seen in the garden recently, these two have featured.

rainette meridionale stripeless tree frog

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A day in my life

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Today I'm being featured in a series on the daily reality of expat life on my friend Clara's blog The Expat Partner's Survival Guide.  The idea of the series is to show what really goes on in an expat's life - the nitty gritty ordinary stuff that never gets written about, to debunk the myth that it's all cocktail parties, long lunches and domestic help.

It starts like this....

breakfast at Lou Messugo

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Seriously? More wildlife at Lou Messugo?

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A few weeks ago we had some unusual visitors at Lou Messugo.  That in itself is not so strange, we've had a fair few unusual visitors over the years, both of the human kind and beast.  If you've been reading this blog for a while you'll know we've had plenty of visits by wild boars and we've even had a deer in the garden.  Then there are the toads, frogs, lizards and ghekos, not to mention the occasional snake, red squirrels and lots of foxes.  We get fireflies, bats and cicadas in summer and there are always plenty of birds in spring including woodpeckers and jays. I probably shouldn't go into detail about the strange human guests we've hosted here in the gite as they can read....but here's a little hint: we had one who brushed his long beard in the garden and then burnt the loose hairs in the barbecue every morning, a couple who shut the shutters and stayed inside all week without going out once (we got to the stage where we wondered if it was a suicide pact), a family who left a metre wide red stain on the ceiling, and many more (I could write a book!) But this was yet another first for us: Mr and Mrs Mallard came to visit.

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