Chris Slade describes the son et lumiere presentation at the abbey of Bon Repos called "Le Pays de Conomor" in Brittany, which takes place during the first two weeks of August.
In Reminiac, and I assume in most of rural France, almost every household keeps some sort of livestock, even if it is just a few chickens, rabbits, ducks or even geese.
These animals are not kept as pets but for food so it is inevitable that they will eventually be killed for the pot.
A couple of years ago I struggled with the concept of killing our chickens. I knew it was a skill I had to master.
What would I do if one of our hens got attacked by a fox or a dog? Leave it to die a long painful death?
No, I had to learn how to kill a chicken as quickly and humanely as possible. I have killed a couple of our chickens but it is something I avoid and will only do if ABSOLUTELY necessary. My neighbours, having been brought up with the concept of raising animals destined for the pot, aren