Author Archives: yractual

About yractual

A former lawyer and national daily journalist, now a freelance music journalist, with moves bewteen Spain, Sweden, France and who knows where next! A Scot by birth and inclination. Lover of acoustic ragtime-blues guitar and ukulele. Work with music titles across three continents.

It’s Only Words…..

Weather here remaining rather unseasonal – more like Wales, really: rain and wind in equal measure though it has now improved (over past few days) to normal summer stuff with temps around 29/30 most days. Thankfully, this is scheduled to … Continue reading

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Ophelia…..

Yesterday we went to a local village, La Grimaudiere, where there’s a source/spring at Notre Dame D’Or and  confluence with the river Dive. It’s a beautiful site, with a large lavoir and a delightful, quiet central village location: I half … Continue reading

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No Woman, No Try…..

Here in France, ’tis the season of fetes galore, many being – in theory at least – fetes de musique. In practice, they tend to be rather dire events made tolerable by the abundance of wine and beer at reasonable … Continue reading

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Staying Alive…..

About a month since I’ve been on here. In that time we’ve sold our Spanish house – at last and thankfully – moved all the stuff from it up to France where we’re in the process of buying a replacement … Continue reading

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A Cold Barbie…..

Today was bright, with some cloud earlier, but a chill wind and temps never getting much above six degrees. Despite this, our neighbours decided it was time for a BBQ: utter madness, I’d say, but probably driven by the kid’s … Continue reading

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More Of This Needed…..

A splendid day here. In full sun at 17:00 we had 24 degrees; it certainly felt deliciously warm outdoors – probably around 18 degrees or so where I sat with a book, a cuppa and a few bikkies. I took … Continue reading

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It’s Spring Again…..

Back to Spring weather again today. At 08:00 this morn we had plus four degrees and now, at about 15:00, we have 15 degrees and lots of sun. It was a glorious morning, blue sky, sun and no wind. We’ve … Continue reading

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