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All those years ago

Posted on June 4th, 2015

On the evening of 10th May 1944, twenty Wellington bombers of RAF 40 Squadron took off from their base at Foggia, Italy, bound for Portes-les-Valence in the Rhone Valley. Their mission was to destroy factories producing equipment for V1 flying bombs which had begun to terrorise London. After refuelling at Ghisonaccia in Corsica, they headed for the French coast. Near Cap d’Antibes bomber LP180, piloted by Flying Officer John Huggler, was badly damaged by German flak. Huggler dropped his two-tonne bomb in the sea to avoid civilian casualties, then continued on his way. That same night the BBC was broadcasting messages from London: “The shooting star will return” and “Arnold sells goats”, announcing parachute drops of weapons for the resistance near Chavon, a small hameau high in…

Saving Fanny

Posted on June 4th, 2015

This morning I saved the lives of two dogs. One was called Fanny, the other had no collar. I was passing three stone water storage bassins and could hear splashing. Two dogs had fallen in. Unable to escape, they were very fatigued and close to drowning. I managed to haul them out and after recovering they both set off down the path. Two of the three bassins are covered in weed, looking like cropped grass, a trap for the unwary. Several weeks ago I found two dead chevreuil deer in the bassins and sometimes a local hunter visits to remember two of his dogs who drowned there.