------ 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.
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The sun is out, bank holidays are in, we all want to go and explore, although this can sometimes be ruined by the dreaded mistral (p14). But let’s not spoil things. How about a visit to St Jean du Fos (p20) or if you’re feeling more urban, a nice shopping day in Avignon with a healthy tea break (p23) or a visit to an art gallery in Nîmes? (p17) If you’re feeling extra energetic like me, how about entering the Pont du Gard race on 30 June to raise money for a fantastic local charity? Also in this issue, the remarkable story of a simulated space mission by Claire (p18) and a very funny article by Bernice on her pathological inability (or so she says) to learn languages (p22).