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  • By Francis Farley
    Apr 22, 2013
    A beguiling story of real life in a small French village. How an English couple escape from dour Geneva Sundays for happy weekends in France, almost accidentally acquiring a small country cottage. We are introduced to the unspoilt village of La Troussaz near Annecy with its varied inhabitants all sympathetically described. (Peter Mayle makes fun of the local French, but Frank Beck is on their side ..... which makes a much better book). The locals are warm friendly and helpful. The village is full of apples, pears and plums; mostly used for making the local houche, called knole, and if you keep your cows in the adjoining barn their heat will warm you in winter. We participate in making the local cheese and help a calf being born, pulling it out of the cow with ropes. Visit a twin village in Beaujolais, admire the copious stalls in Annecy market and enjoy French country food. The Becks gradually extend the cottage, acquiring plots of land. They learn how to negotiate with the peasants... More > and how to operate with a French notaire. Then gradually, step by step, the village is slowly drawn into the modern world. People die, sell their cows or their land, modern villas and flats spring up: the old atmosphere dissolves. (But there are still plenty of villages like this surviving in rural France). Eventually the Becks retire, sell their house in typical French fashion and move back to England, sadly saying goodbye to this blissful country retreat. Francis Farley ..... author of Catalysed Fusion, a romance set in CERN Geneva< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9781471671869
Edition
Second edition
Publisher
Frank Beck
Published
April 21, 2013
Language
English
Pages
190
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.75 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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