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La gigérine

Posted on September 22nd, 2011

It is time to harvest la gigérine, jam watermelon, which grows in nearby fields. The fruit cannot be eaten raw, but is used to make jam, jellies or pies. A recipe for Confiture de Gigérine et Citron Vert is here.The fruit weigh around fifteen kilos. Eighty-six year-old Monsieur Thédonat makes several trips home daily to Ménerbes in his ageing Citroën camion, carrying over 1½ tonnes each time ………..

La deudeuche

Posted on September 4th, 2011

There is no better symbol of France than the Citroën 2CV – friendly, quirky, resilient and never-changing, while at the same time racy, devil-may-care, wind in your hair, with attitude.  The name is an abbreviation of deux chevaux, meaning two horse-power, but it often seems one has gone missing. In the 1930s a communist politician, Jacques Duclos, commissioned research to develop a small car for the rural population who could not afford cars.  From this, Citroën wrote a brief for a low-priced, rugged vehicle in which two peasants could drive 100 kg of farm goods to market at 60 kmh, wearing clogs and across muddy unpaved roads.  It would use no more than 3 litres of petrol per 100 km and could drive across…