Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France.

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I want to introduce myself , Fiona Alderman, living in France for the last 14 years and maybe some of you also remember my partner Barry Paton who wrote such wonderful diaries of rural France on the website for many years.

Well we are still here. I wanted to revisit the time here in my way and to go back a bit .” Le temps de vivre” i.e. the time to live. A time to take stock, to see where we are and what we have accomplished equally so .
We run The Salignac Foundation which runs short courses in film and in contemporary dance and we have welcomed people from all over the world.
It has been an amazing experience , both meeting such different “artists” and also it has been an enriching experience working on so many levels. One year there was an ex coach for the Portuguese women’s Olympic athletes , two American film students, a Brazilian university teacher etc. etc . Great stuff!
http://www.salignacfoundation.com/

Fiona Alderman: Blogging from Salignac – Out of Confinement

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Well, we are all excited here in sunny Salignac that slowly we are coming out of the long lockdown. Our local Cafe de la Place, Le Tabac/Cafe des Voyageurs is putting out the tables and chairs on the terraces again after many months of closure. For French people, their way of life is based around […]

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Fiona Alderman blogging from rural France – New Mayor

A New One Yes I promised you the results from last month? It has been and continues to be a slight problem. Mr Ferber won the fight, but it was not with a great majority. The outgoing mayor, having only lasted for a year, got very few votes, and the opposition ie third party was […]

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Thursday, April 29, 2021 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman: Blogging from Rural France -The Chateau

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Le Chateau Things are slowly happening here in Salignac, even with the continued lockdown and curfew. Another month has gone by and with Spring arriving after a long winter, there is a little bit of hope at the end of the tunnel. Our beautiful Chateau is being cleaned and like the blossoms of Springtime, it […]

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Fiona Alderman’s Blog: Sunlight in the Sahara & Pierre Cardin

(Photograph Pierre Cardin – Attribute Benjamin Loyauté, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons) Sunlight from the Sahara Yes, a strange light in the sky appeared a few weeks ago. I woke up feeling  that there was an eerie calm and I looked out of the window to see an orange sky. I thought at […]

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman: Happy New Year from Rural France

Thank goodness 2020 has gone, and what a year, let’s hope for better times this year. I didn’t write anything last month as it was a difficult time “chez nous”. I hope to be a bit more inspiring for  readers this month. It was a quiet Christmas but marked again by neighbours and friends’ gifts […]

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman’s Blog: Life on the Square

Another month and on lockdown again.  People are resigned  to it but fed up too. We go out with our pieces of paper to say where and when we are going and for what reason. Life is difficult even for a small village in rural France. I notice how people are trying to survive. It […]

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Monday, November 30, 2020 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman Blog: Life in Rural France

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Reflecting on 20 years in Salignac After 20 years here in Salignac, I stopped one day to reflect on what we have done and achieved.Which is a lot. Learning a new language has been a huge thing to do but essential  and now we feel very integrated into our village. Age brings new problems and […]

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Friday, October 30, 2020 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman’s blog: Winter Is Coming

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When I saw my neighbour bringing in huge wooden logs – I thought this is early, non? Life in rural France has its peculiarities but this still seemed strange. However,  nothing much surprises me now after 20 years. He was hard at work with the chainsaw cutting them into smaller pieces –often very early in […]

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Saturday, September 26, 2020 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman’s Blog: A Sunday afternoon in sleepy Salignac

Opening the front door this last weekend I was greeted with the sound of accordion music coming from my neighbour’s open window. So French. Lovely. Another neighbour was on the phone to someone and his voice was raised drowning out the music, until he slammed the phone down. I decided to go for a little […]

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman: Blogging from Rural France, July 2020

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The New Mayor and a Tent for Sale A busy month here in rural France with the local elections for Mayor. Monsieur Laurent, from this village won the battle, but it was a close shave. We have known him for a long time as he used to live down the road from us and when […]

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Thursday, July 30, 2020 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman blogging from Rural France: The End of An Era

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I don’t know where to start this month, so will begin with the end. I have just lost my lovely cat, Toerag, who I had to put down last week. The French call our pets “animaux de compagnie”. So true. They are our companions, giving us unconditional love. It is the end of an era […]

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Thursday, June 25, 2020 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman Blogging from Rural France, May 2020

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Making Masks. (Photo by Elena Djelil) This last month has been long and strange during the confinement relating to Covid-19. However, we have all rallied round and tried to keep our spirits up. The local hall has been transformed into a hive of industry, making masks for the population in Salignac. People have been asked […]

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Fiona Alderman: Stuck in Salignac and Just Waiting

A month later and we really are housebound here during the Coronavirus lockdown. It seems never ending but we are all pulling together and obeying the restrictions. Going out for a very necessary walk for health reasons each day in the beautiful sunshine is not a hardship however. We still have to have our piece […]

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Fiona Alderman: France Has Shut Down

It is extraordinary to see and one I never thought I would experience in my lifetime shops, cafes and restaurants are all closed in France.  Only shops selling food essentials, pharmacies and hospitals are open. Schools and universities are now closed for the immediate future.There is fear and worry about what is going to happen […]

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Saturday, March 28, 2020 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman blogging from rural France. UK is out of Europe.

Brexit What a disaster but it is now done after a tortuous 3 years. We are waiting to see the effects for us and what will happen next. It is still uncertain but there will be a transition year to put things in place. However, because we have lived here so long now, it might be […]

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

From Glasgow to Salignac: 20 years on. Fiona Alderman.

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This time 20 years ago, I was amidst boxes and paper packing up for the big move to France. How quickly the time has whizzed by? I can’t believe it but it’s true. I remember that my beloved had gone on ahead to start preparations at our new house in France. Setting up the phone, […]

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman Christmas in Salignac

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The Yellow Liqueur of Christmas Once again, our local corner shop L’Epicier has some unusual items for sale at Christmas. I had seen a poster in their window, very eye catching, advertising La Gauloise, a strong liqueur. Named as a Liqueur Hygienique it comes in a beautiful bottle which lists all the prizes it has […]

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Monday, December 30, 2019 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman blogging from Rural France – time is marching on

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Local News from Salignac A strange time here with one thing and another. The village is quiet before the mad rush for Christmas starts. I am thinking what a year it has been and how quickly time goes by. We have had health issues and we seem never to be away from waiting rooms and […]

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Sunday, November 24, 2019 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman: The Lady in Black

From time to time the old Convent in Salignac hosts cultural evenings and the other weekend we were invited to a musical tribute to the French singer Barbara. A lovely lady,  Mireille, sang and accompanied herself on piano, recalling the life of this wonderful singer. Born Monique Serf in 1930 with Russian background and Jewish […]

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Thursday, October 24, 2019 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman Blogging from Rural France – The Final Fete

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The Final Fete The last summer fair in Salignac was at the end of August, and already the feeling is one of closure and the start of Autumn. There was a slightly bittersweet reunion of the long term association which had broken up during the last year and then reformed. Depicting a Medieval theme, the […]

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Thursday, September 26, 2019 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman: Rural Living in France

Computers and Local Fetes Last month I regaled you with stories of banks and computer problems? Unfortunately they are still not resolved and seem to have become worse, if that is possible? With further hassles at the bank because the card fraud happened again and never ending difficulties getting the computer up and running. The […]

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Sunday, August 18, 2019 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman: Summer Stories from Salignac

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A very hot spell here with temperatures reaching 40 degrees at one point, it has been a bit overwhelming. This past month we have had a lot of technical problems,which proved time consuming as well as annoying. We first discovered something amiss with one of our bank accounts with several unknown withdrawals. It was a […]

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Fiona Alderman: Updates from France

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A strange but busy time this past month. The terrible bins are still a nuisance and people are complaining but to no avail.Two associations have now begun from the ill fated Vieux Metiers and I went along to a meeting recently for one of them. Adventurous plans are being discussed in true French manner, with […]

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Fiona Alderman blogging from Rural France: bins, earthquakes and threats

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Yes, this month has been lively with all of the above happening in a quiet rural village. The new bins were unveiled and it is still a mystery why they were changed in the first place as they are hopeless. It is a daily nuisance sorting everything into the correct bags before hauling it all […]

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Monday, April 29, 2019 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman: Blogging from Rural France – The cat that got the cream

The famous couturier Karl Lagerfeld died in February at aged 85. His equally famous Burmese cat named Choupette is looking to inherit supposedly a vast chunk of money. However, there are strict laws leaving money to pets after death in France,but as Lagerfeld was German then it could be allowed. With over 200 million Euros left […]

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Thursday, March 28, 2019 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman: New roofs and new beginnings

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From new roofs to constant health concerns but we are on the up and enjoying the promise of Spring. Yes, everywhere there is the annual wake up after a very cold winter. We thought back to February 19 years when we first came to look at the house here. Will we? Won’t we? The weather […]

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman: A Winter Tale from Salignac

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Wishing you all a very Happy New Year from France.They say here Bonne Anné mais surtout la sante. Above all, health is everything. When you don’t have it it is a different thing. We are undergoing these problems at the moment but with a lot of help and consideration.Plus the French Health service is excellent. Locally, […]

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Sunday, January 27, 2019 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman: The Capital of Christmas

After 5 weeks of riots and strikes throughout France we are now once again on a high state of alert.A few days ago the beautiful city of Strasbourg was also hit by a terrorist attack.When people were enjoying this historic Christmas market they were suddenly taken by surprise. The President Mr. Macron is not very […]

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Thursday, December 27, 2018 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman blogging from Rural France – From Strikes to Yellow Jackets

The French do like to have strikes and really they are quite effective.However this month it has touched us locally in France Profonde. Firstly, the post office.This is a tragic one unfortunately.A woman post mistress in Sarlat killed herself after enduring months of harassment which went largely ignored by her superiors. She kept making complaints […]

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Friday, November 30, 2018 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

Fiona Alderman: Superstitions French Style

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I thought I might talk about something different this time .Why not? I am sure every country has its own personal superstitions and I think we can learn from them. 1. The first one is about la baguette. Something very important in daily French life, if you can’t afford a baguette things are bad. Simple […]

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Monday, October 29, 2018 | Filed under: Fiona Alderman blogging from The Salignac Foundation France

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