Savoyarde Wines: Not To Be Underestimated

by Ian Blackshaw

My wife and I have just spent a few days staying in a friend’s apartment in Le Grand Bornand, a winter and summer resort in the Haute Savoie, and actually enjoyed some warm sunny weather (30+ degrees centigrade!), unlike the Pas de Calais, where the weather pattern continues to be rain, rain and more rain! When will Summer arrive the locals cry in despair?

The Haute Savoie and the Savoie (Departements 74 & 73), which are located in the French Western Alps and form part of the Rhone-Alps Region, produce a wide range and style of wines, including sparkling wines. The one from Ayze, which bears its name and grown above Bonneville in the Arve valley, is particularly interesting, if a little stringent for some palates.

The traditional capital of the Savoie is Chambery, which is an important centre for the Continue reading “Savoyarde Wines: Not To Be Underestimated” »

Chateau de Fleury La Foret: Worth a night’s stay!

by Ian Blackshaw

My wife and I have just returned from a few days in Chartres, where, naturally, we visited its fine Cathedral with its magnificent medieval stained glass windows. We were fortunate to be there on the first evening of their ‘son et lumiere’ season and it was most impressive and well worth seeing!

On our way back, we visited the beautiful ‘Pays de Lyons Foret’ in Haute Normandie (Departement de l’Eure), at the centre of which is the finely-preserved medieval village of Lyons la Foret, which claims to be one of the most beautiful villages of France, a claim that is well justified, with its typical colombage houses and fine timber market hall, which dominates its main square. It is a relaxed place, where time seems to have stood still!

Our trusty Guide Michelin pointed us for our overnight stay in the direction of the Chateau de Fleury la Foret, about 3 miles from Lyons la Foret situated in verdant countryside, typical of Continue reading “Chateau de Fleury La Foret: Worth a night’s stay!” »

Henri Krug dies

Henri Krug

by Ian Blackshaw

I have just learned that Henri Krug of the famous Champagne House died at the beginning of March at the age of 76, and, as a Champagne aficionado, I thought that a few words to mark his passing might be appropriate, even though, generally speaking, I cannot afford to drink his famous products.

The Champagne House of Krug was founded in Reims, the capital of the Champagne region, in 1843 by Continue reading “Henri Krug dies” »

New Montreuil Art Group – Learn to Draw and Paint

Artist Peter Wyart is forming a new art group for anyone who wants to learn the basics of drawing and painting, or to improve their technical and interpretive skills.

Peter lives and paints near Montreuil and has frequently exhibited in galleries and art shows in the region.


Terra d’Or Wine: A Great Discovery

As an Easter treat, my wife and I have just been to one of our favourite restaurants in Northern France: ‘Le Cygne’ in St Omer.

As usual, we were warmly greeted by Stephanie, who supervises front-of-house operations so charmingly and efficiently and also Continue reading “Terra d’Or Wine: A Great Discovery” »

An Exceptional Wine for Easter

by Ian Blackshaw

Two years ago, my wife and I celebrated our Ruby Wedding, and our two boys gave us a 1970 Bottle of Haute-Medoc from the Chateau de Camensac, which is located in Saint Laurent in the Gironde. The wine was accompanied by some tasting notes.

For various reasons, we have not yet drunk it. However, it so happens that, according to the tasting notes, it should be drunk in 2013. So, we are going to drink it with our Easter dinner this year and with the traditional roast lamb served at this season. Our elder son and his wife with be with us to enjoy it, but, unfortunately, our younger son and his wife will not, as they are in Zambia.

The Haut-Medoc wine, which is my favourite of the Bordelais wines, comes from an area which Continue reading “An Exceptional Wine for Easter” »

Was 2012 the weirdest year for weather?

by Geoffrey Dobson

Roger Harrabin is the Environment Analyst for the BBC, and maintains close links with green organisations like the World Wildlife Fund and the Tyndall Centre. In 2006 he organized the “28-gate” meeting of BBC executives with climate change activists at which they decided that only positive messages about the “Anthropogenic Global Warming” theory should be broadcast on the BBC. No skeptic scientists were invited to that meeting, after which the BBC decided that it was in the public interest to exclude any skeptic opinion from broadcasts.

On October 18 2012 Harrabin wrote this:

<<The UK has experienced its “weirdest” weather on record in the past few months, scientists say. The driest spring for over a century gave way to the wettest recorded April to June in a dramatic turnaround never documented before. The scientists said there was no evidence that the weather changes were a result of Man-made climate change. But experts from three bodies warned the UK must plan for periodic swings of drought conditions and flooding. The warning came from the Environment Agency, Met Office and Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) at a joint briefing in London. Terry Marsh, from the CEH, said there was no close modern precedent for the extraordinary switch in river flows. The nearest comparison was 1903 but this year was, he said, truly remarkable. >>

And on January 17th 2013 he wrote:

<<The UK Chief Scientist tells me weather extremes now worry scientists as much or more than overall global warming. “If this gets worse, how are farmers going to operate?” he asks. Yet at the same time there’s a relentless spread of climate confusion in parts of the media. The Met Office, a world-leading purveyor of climate information, recently suffered reputational damage that will increase public confusion over whether climate change is important at all. Scientists have been puzzling for some time over exactly what combination of factors is preventing the earth getting even warmer – maybe changes in solar activity, ocean currents or emissions of aerosol pollution. >>

"For the next hundred years the weather will be perfectly normal, but UK Met Office long-term climate predictions will become more and more divorced from reality - just like me"

Harrabin makes contradictory statements in the above two reports. In the first he admits that “The scientists said there was no evidence that the weather changes were a result of Man-made change”, and then Continue reading “Was 2012 the weirdest year for weather?” »

Anglican Church Boulogne ~ February newsletter

The latest edition of the Anglican Church, Boulogne Congregation newsletter is now available.  It contains news of services, social events, a Diocesan appeal, a recipe for a traditional Polish Shrove Tuesday (or Thursday, in Poland) treat, and much more.

You can download it by clicking on the link below.

February 2013 Boulogne Anglican Church Congregation Newsletter

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