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My French garden: summer in Alpes-Maritimes

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Last year I was contacted by Living France magazine and interviewed for a short article about the garden at Lou Messugo.  They found me through all the posts I have written here on the blog over the years about creating and developing our garden.  One thing led to another and now I write for the magazine every quarter.  Somehow I didn't get around to making much of a fuss about this back in April when my first article was published, but now that the second one is in print I thought I'd mention it after all!

magazines by pool at Lou Messugo

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Sunday Photo - 29 May 2016

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wet hair at the pool

 
 
 
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Easter Carnival on the French Riviera

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As spring arrives on the Côte d’Azur, towns and villages across the region come out to play.  Fêtes and celebrations of all sorts take place, heralding the end of winter and the arrival of the good weather.  Last year on Easter Monday we went to the Fête de l’Oranger in le Bar sur Loup, a village festival all about oranges.  This Easter with family visiting with young kids we thought it would be fun to try out the Carnival in Vence, a family-friendly affair.

Vence carnival Queen

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Nice Carnival is over for another year.  The biggest winter event on the French Riviera, attracting around one million visitors over the two week period, left me divided in opinion this time.  Having always been an outright supporter, keenly participating every year and loving the satirical, irreverant humour of the "big heads" decorated floats, it just didn't quite click this year.  Read on as I muse on why and how this has come about.

flower battle float crowds

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