Nous recommençons: a new beginning

My text, this dreary Sunday afternoon, is taken from the second book of ‘The Railway Series’, chapter 2: ‘Thomas’s Train’ (I have just put my toddler to bed, in the hope that he might agree to nap today). It occurred to me, during my daily revision of that excellent work, that I ought probably to make some account of my eighteen-month absence from writing, after … Continue reading Nous recommençons: a new beginning

Il était une fois: the cautionary tale of a former au pair

Book of the day: Jane Eyre Bonsoir mes amis…pull up a fauteuil and pour yourself a kir as, for the next few minutes, I relate how I find myself still living in France almost 7 years after venturing forth on a 4-month ‘Gap’… Once upon a time a rash decision on my part induced me, one bleak February morning, to acquire a one-way ticket to … Continue reading Il était une fois: the cautionary tale of a former au pair

Alors, pour commencer…

Book of the day: David Copperfield What causes a (reasonably) sane adult to start threatening imminent self-defenestration from a ground-floor dining room? While I do not feel sufficiently qualified to speak for the downstairs-window-hurdling community in general, I shall endeavour to explain my own fall from grace. To do so, however, involves a brief jaunt back through some of my personal history, to where my … Continue reading Alors, pour commencer…