The smell of grass by Carol Seaforth

Some twelve years ago, I moved to France. No particular reason, I just fancied a change of country. After my first year of residence, I was asked what did I miss most from England. Without hesitation, I responded "The smell of freshly mown grass." It has a distinctive smell that heralds in the first of the four seasons. The first cut. The damp shoots reaching out from the cold earth. The air filled with that moistness that comes from earths awakening from the long cold sleep of winter. Spring has sprung.

The smell of grass

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Haribo: 20 years of fun by Andrée Avogadri

Haribo 20 years of funThe Haribo Sweet Museum is celebrating its 20th birthday this year, and to mark the event, the popular museum based in Uzès (Gard) is featuring games, competitions, activities, tastings throughout the year, as well as three new exhibition areas.

 

 

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Foreign Affairs by Bernice Clark

Foreign AffairsMarmite — an answer frequently given by the English when considering foods they miss abroad.

 

There was a time when finding a shop selling Marmite in Languedoc was nigh on impossible but now it’s available in several supermarkets nearby. I’ve often been asked by the cashier, as I unload the jars from my trolley, what it is. Not easy to explain if your French is as ropey as mine; the love it or hate it thing usually helps, though.

 

 

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Culture, kids and international education by Metrice Harris-Weedman

Culture kids and international educationThere are certainly plenty of downsides to the nomad lifestyle many of us have chosen. We miss weddings, births, and funerals; our children don’t always get a chance to grow up surrounded by family; and we sometimes struggle with whether or not we should or could ground ourselves.

On the other hand, we have a wider net of cultural and physical resources (not necessarily or exclusively linked to finances) we can tap into relatively easily.

While we don’t always worry about ourselves, we certainly worry about how to best navigate this lifestyle for our children. How many of us have argued about the best way to make sure our children learn French, all the while keeping their mother tongue (or father tongue as the case may be)? Should we only speak French at home? Or, perhaps we should designate certain times of the day to do one language or the other?

Do we find an International private school or just throw them into the deep end to navigate the language and cultural changes in the best way possible? Rather than tell you what is best for YOUR child, I thought I would share what has worked out to be the best fit for mine.

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Coooeee to all the expats. Where do you all go ? by Loren Cowley

Coooeee to all the expatsOn the last week of August, Jacques and I took our usual flight route from London, Luton back to our hometown of Nîmes, Garons. As the final stages of our renovation draw to a completion, my mind turns to living here. Where are all the other expats? I needed to start exploring this.

 

 

 

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Children’s guide to dining by Liz Payne

Rule number one is eat your meals while seated at a table
Not on your lap watching TV or perching on a cable
Following this first rule, you can keep neat
With much less food landing on your seat

Children s guide to dining

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