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Mushroom picking in France

Autumn, mushroom picking season Mid-October is upon us, and autumn is already well on its way... glorious golden colours abound in the countryside. A real feast for the senses: bright yellows, oranges, rich reds and browns so pleasing to the eye. The earthy and musty...

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What is the difference between Pineau and Pinot? When I first met my wife's family in France, I had never heard of Pineau. When I did hear of it, I thought people were referring to Pinot – as in Pinot Grigio, which I love! But I did not realise there is a great...

Mushrooming in Monteneuf forest

An unexpected visitor (original post by Nicola) There was a terrific storm yesterday in the Ploërmel area. I had just put another log on the fire this afternoon when there was a knock at the door. Since yesterday was a bank holiday, we were rather startled: generally,...
Simon Pocock

Simon Pocock

I have a very busy weekend on the music front this weekend. Tonight I’m playing with a small jazz band at the Pixie –  it’s their monthly jazz evening and the band’s first gig together.

Recently at Plestin I came across Rob (an English guy) who married the daughter of an English couple  who moved to Plestin the same time as us, and they cultivate primroses, selling the plants and the seeds. They had a clip on their business on TF1 last week which is good publicity for them. Anyway, Rob and Jodie have decided to take on the business and are building a house on site which is just up the road from us. The good thing about Rob is he has done 5 years at uni studying music so is an excellent keyboard player, and I fixed him up with a couple of the guys from the evening jazz class I go to and….. voila, a group is born. I suggested a name for us as the French like using English phrases ……….. ”The old farts ”, but that wouldn’t be fair on Rob and the bass player. One of the guys complained to me ”Simon I can’t find that phrase in my dictionary“……..hmm.

So tonight we will be doing some hardcore blues numbers in between a few lushy ones. One of the other sax players has a famous cousin I learnt this week. It’s Eric Le Lann, one of the top jazz trumpeters and modern jazz artists in France, but he will not  be joining us.

Saturday and Sunday I play with the Perros band as we do our final 2 concerts with the choral groups doing Verdi etc. They are at St Brieuc and Charaix, which should be fun, but also we can forget the classic stuff and concentrate on more contemporary music at the rehersals. The only downside is I will miss “Le Crunch” Sunday afternoon. I usually invite my friend Yve  the pharmacist  and we have joust in front of the TV

My youngest son, who is continuing his  roofing trade with another boss at Plestin, came home last night with his roofing hammer and asked… “guess how much it cost”. OK, he is left handed and its a multi-function, stainless steel tool but………. 202 Euros?