Pine Processionary Caterpillars

Well, we had 5 nests of these horrid things. They are extremely poisonous, their hairs cause a flesh destroying reaction and can kill a dog. They are also dangerous to people, and to pine trees as well, they have killed many trees in France. The best way to eliminate them is to cut off the nest and burn it.  Well, as you might guess this sounded like a job for me and my weed burner!  Don’t I look very scary?  That’s a bottle of alcohol, those suckers are hard to fry!!  The nests were too high for me to reach, so our trusty tree trimmer, David, set his ladder up in the back of his truck and managed to get them all down.

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If You Eat Enough Oysters

You might find a pearl. Needs to be a big oyster, the photo is of the 00 size oysters, which is usually the largest size offered from the sellers at the markets. Bigger ones exist, but they would really be too big. 00 is a bit large, as you can see. They were good, difficult to open as they really fight back. I think 1 and 2 are good eating sizes.

Yes, there was a pearl. Not a big pearl and probably not a good pearl, as these are not pearl oysters. But my pearl nevertheless.

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Opelie gets a Lift

Poor thing, her power steering belt failed and she was so hard to steer I had her towed in. She should be back soon.

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Bonne Année!

The photos are my favorite boulangerie patisserie in Carpentras, and what I ate there New Year’s Eve morning after buying a couple of dozen oysters (Bouzigues No. 1) for the evening’s festivities. What a life!

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I think the photo speaks for itself

Lidl is apparently totally out of control.  A couple of weeks ago it was whole turkeys, “pour thanksgeeveeng”.  Now its some kind of appliance, well priced, so that you can create American Breakfast!!  Here’s the link in case the photo isn’t good enough:

What you seem to end up with is some kind of a sandwich, perhaps a bit like an Egg McMuffin?  Whatever it is …… Its American!!

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Snow! Noooooo…….

I got up this morning planning to go into Carpentras to the weekly market, but quickly changed my mind…..


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Thanksgiving in France

Thanksgiving has come to France. And Non, I did not serve a giant snail to my friends for Thanksgiving dinner. What I did serve was a turkey, which was advertised at Lidl as “de Thanksgiving.”


We know there were no French pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving, but it would appear that the French have adopted our holiday. The Lidl turkey was small, very lean, tasty and a bit expensive at €4.59 a kilo, which is about $2.50 a pound.

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