Saturday, May 19, 2012

What? No television?


No.  No internet, either.

In fact, I just heard today of a family that lives here, in modern France, without even getting on-grid; no electricity (God bless them!)

Did you ever hear of Gaël Prévost?  He's a home-schooled boy, now still only eighteen, and he and his family in a small town near Clermont-Ferrand in the Massive Central area of the country.

He says, "I don’t have a mobile phone, I’ve never had one and I don’t have a computer so of course no Internet access either.  But they are not things I miss.  Rather it lets me live and socialise better with the people around me.” (You are right, Gaël!)

His claim to fame is that he's so good at archery that he is part of the national team representing France at the 2012 Olympics in London this summer.

You can read more about this interesting boy and his exploits here.

You can watch him in action on YouTube by clicking here.


Friday, May 18, 2012

A land without cars

One of the things that has always piqued our curiosity and interest is the quaint effect of living without cars of any kind.  Must be nice!

Here are some first shots of this quiet life.



Thursday, May 17, 2012

Off to Sark

Ever a family for something different, Raphaël and Camille have decided to take their whole family camping for the long weekend.  And where are they going?  To the English Channel and the tiny, island of Sark.

Today's adventurers were up at the crack of dawn and off!  First it was up to Le Havre, then on to Guernsey and across to Sark, an hour and a half trip altogether.  Here's what was awaiting them: a beautiful sunny day, while back home clouds covered the area!

Arriving at Sark

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Exams again

Rebecca and Claire in Toulouse
Well, Becky has completed her third year at the University of Toulouse and, just like her first semester exams, Claire was eagerly expected to participate in her stay there for final exams.

This time they had so much stuff to carry that I decided to take them there and after a six-hour drive this is where I left them.  Good thing I like driving: I'll be back in two weeks!