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Alambic distilling... an outlawed science?... a dying art? Full story - click here?

The Last Waters of Life
Making moonshine is illegal almost everywhere. However in France, if you can find an itinerant distiller, you can still enjoy the fruits of your labour in a spirit-warming form. But for how much longer...?

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An American expatriate family take on the French at their own game

O'Vineyards - Languedoc Roussillion
"Let them eat wine bread... anything goes, as long as it avoids archetypal wine snobbery"... just one the reasons to read expat Ryan O'Connell's story of his Languedoc Domaine - O'Vineyards.

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Lifestyle Briefs
Lifestyle - Food
Need a break? How about a tree house in deepest France? Grumpy Gardener Mike took his daughter on a surprise birthday treat! Read on...click here
To see this delicious recipe from Vivienne Bolton - click here
How does your garden grow - you could let nature take its course - Grumpy Gardener July - click here
Odile de Changy Lingerie, Paris  - click for full story
Expat winemakers in the Languedoc - click here for full story
  Tree House Break
Taking time out from his regular column, our Grumpy Gardener, takes a family break in a tree house and yes he left all the tools of the trade behind him.
Full Story - click here
  PÍche Plate
... and Parma ham teamed with their seasonal friends melon balls and bacon bits - another delicious recipe from Vivienne Bolton.
Recipe - click here
  Summertime Blues
Swamped by summer visitors, our Grumpy Gardener still finds time to reflect on the outstanding displays of Hydrengeas, France's wet growing season has produced.
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Odile de Changy
A new Paris boutique lifts creamy curtains to the line of classically beautiful lingerie by Odile de Changy. "I make lingerie for women, not men". .
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Domaine Jones
Expat Katie Jones is making a name for herself as a winemaker... and she is just one of a group of Languedoc vineyard owners now known as... The Outsiders
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