‘My imagination was caught by a tin heart fastened to a tree in a tiny 1914 – 1918 war cemetery in Marondera, Zimbabwe.’ (‘The Tin Heart Gold Mine’ Ruth Hartley) A chance discovery in a far-off country by author Ruth Hartley was the perfect starting point for a story involving that deadly combination of love, murder and art. A suspenseful story mainly played out … Continue reading The Heat of Africa
The complete quote, of Arabic origin, reads: ‘The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears’ and Mefo Phillips is well-placed to comment, having spent more time than most looking out on the world from the back of her Appaloosa horse, Leo. We were delighted to welcome Mefo onto Girls Do Coffee on Ex-Pat Radio where she recounted stories from her journeys … Continue reading The Wind of Heaven
Word that the local doctor was leaving hadn’t reached my ears so I was surprised at seeing the little waiting-room packed to the rafters with patients. I finally managed to sit down and the elderly woman next to me explained, ‘He’s leaving on Monday so everyone is here to get their prescriptions. He’s writing prescriptions left, right and centre.’ Doctors in France have something of … Continue reading The Storyteller Next Door
Everyone has their own version of the French Adventure, whether it be touring France on a tandem, crossing the country on horseback or upping sticks and moving wholesale to La Belle France. James Martin, the TV chef probably best known for Saturday Kitchen, decided to embark on a French Adventure of his own. In an homage to Keith Floyd, James took on the red … Continue reading The World Will Come to Me
Dust off your bikes and shake out those lycra shorts…it’s time to get pedalling. Not for the first time, willing volunteers will be getting into the saddle in aid of an extremely worthwhile cause that goes under the name of Cancer Support France. Now in partnership with La Ligue, CSF provides an invaluable service to cancers sufferers and their families who live in France. As … Continue reading Pedal Power!
Who would have known? Tony Nyland, frequently on our screens in programmes such as Emmerdale and Shameless, and most recently as the postman in Coronation Street, has an alter ego of folk singer of some years’ standing. While Charles Hanson, real-life auctioneer and TV antiques expert from Bargain Hunt and Antique Road Trip, has a yearning for Strictly Come Dancing and has apparently … Continue reading What a Song and Dance!
I could be wrong. There might be scientists out there who are sent into transports of delight simply by looking at the periodic table. And why not? But, for me, it’s the map that combines practicality and imagination in such delightful unison. No doubt for some, those lines on Googlemaps or Mappy do the job so why look for more? But for me it has … Continue reading New Landscapes, New Eyes
Reading through the catalogue of Rosemary Bailey’s books one might come to the conclusion that it is she who is drawn to the mountains, in particular the Pyrenees, but this would not be the whole story. Readers no doubt have their particular favourites…for me it is ‘Love and War in the Pyrenees’, the true story of a newly-married couple divided by war with its … Continue reading The Mountains Are Calling…
So here I am, I’m around four or five years old, settled back into an armchair in front of a blazing fire, the sound of my Grandma washing up in the kitchen and, over there, on the shelf next to the fire, sits a transistor radio the … Continue reading Listening to Life
We felt that our cups were overflowing when we welcomed wine producer and author Caro Feely onto the Girls Do Coffee Show on Ex-Pat Radio to talk about her new book Glass Half Full. Full to the brim of fun, yes, but Caro’s wine knowledge is firmly rooted in reality and years of hard graft. Caro and her husband Séan have been working out of … Continue reading Our Cups Are Overflowing!