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Recipe for Pesto in Bed at the end of this post. TODAY'S WORD: Le Pistou : pesto ECOUTER/LISTEN - hear Jean-Marc pronounce these French words: Pistou Le pistou. La sauce au pistou ou tout simplement pistou est une sauce, équivalent provençal du pesto ligure, à base de basilic pilé, d'ail et d'huile d'olive. Pesto. Pesto sauce or... Read more →


I wanted everything to be perfect when Tess and the artists arrived. But when I went to check my appearance in the mirror, after greeting my guests, there was pink toilet paper stuck to my eyelashes!! Read on. TODAY'S WORD: le papier toilette : toilet paper ECOUTEZ/LISTEN - hear Jean-Marc pronounce today's word: click here or here:... Read more →


It was this... or a picture of a broken elbow. Read on in today's story column. And for more pictures of our garden, and these citrons and these guavas, join me on Instagram! TODAY'S WORD: le nid de poule : a pothole, or pit in the road's surface Un nid de poule literally means "hen's nest" WHERE... Read more →


Join us for tomorrow's (October 14th) winetasting at 3pm. Or meet us October 19th.We would love to see you here, near Bandol! Email your confirmation to jm.espinasse@gmail.com (Thanks, Nick and Jill Cook, for this photo!) TODAY'S EXPRESSION "To get one's money's worth" : en avoir pour son argent Mas de Perdrix. A home in France that artists... Read more →


A tornado on the outskirts of our village! (filmed by firefighter John Liqr (c) photo copyright /Facebook) TODAY'S WORD: une trombe : whirlwind, waterspout, torrent démarrer en trombe = to hurtle off, leave in a whirlwind en trombe = at full throttle des trombes d'eau = a downpour WHERE TO RENT IN FRANCE? Special thanks to our... Read more →


Join us for tomorrow's wine tasting here near Bandol. If it's raining, we will sit around our kitchen table, warmed by the fire. Reserve your cozy seat at jm.espinasse@gmail.com TODAY'S WORD: une betise : a silly, foolish thing dire des bêtises = to talk nonsense faire une bêtise = to make a silly mistake ECOUTEZ/LISTEN Hear Jean-Marc... Read more →