------ Margaret SHORTLAND

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Margaret Shortland,

For many years the three of us had a love of France which was confirmed finally in 1990 with a holiday in Vacquières. We found the local people very friendly and were attracted to the area around the Pic St.Loup. Having explord a number of villages and taking time to be here in the winter we chose St. Mathieu de Tréviers in which to live. The village is small enough to be personal and large enough to have essential facilities for all ages. We made trips into the countryside and villages "Autour du Pic St.Loup" which encouraged us to put together sketches, paintings, photographs and text of some of the places we came to appreciate and never tire of. The launch of the Community of Communes of the Pic St.Loup encouraged us to look for support and led to the publication of our small book in September 2009.


Languedoc & Provence Sun N°53 (Autumn 2014)

Well, I think that’s it. The sun cream has finally given its last breath, my loyal flip-flops have ended up in the recycling bin and the children are off to school. I guess we are back to normal life and believe it or not, it is time to think about… Christmas! Oh noooo I’ll hear you scream, but as we are now quarterly, this issue will cover October, November and December – three months packed with ideas of things to do, visit, drink and eat.

We are always happy to welcome new contributors, but we are truly spoilt this time. Rachel Baker, journalist, food writer and now proud inhabitant of Apt, has joined the ranks (p10 & 32), and so has author Janice Macdonald (p12), who will follow for the next 12 months the inside life of a wine domain for us. We also welcome on board Richard Simpson-Birks (p15). And I’m sure you will carry on enjoying our regular contributors Bernice Clark (p8), Janice Lert (p6), Camille Vourc'h (p29) and Caren Trafford (p22), who has kindly donated books for our fantastic kids drawing competition (p28).

Enjoy the falling leaves, the chestnuts, the early nights by the fire with a good book, and when you feel ready to think about it, have a lovely Christmas...

Carole Rommene, Editor


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