News from France – Articles – Course Updates

Find the latest news from France including articles and holiday course updates from John and Alex at L’Age Baston, France.

 
 
  • No.2 L’Age Baston – This is true story by John Waddington

    No.2 L’Age Baston – This is true story by John Waddington

    There I am, Châtelain John, cleaning up a bathroom for the winter shutdown when Aidan comes upstairs to tell me there are suspicious looking coves in the courtyard. Aiden’s French is good enough to know when to call me and […]

     
  • I’d Rather be a Painter – Poem By Lizzie Fincham

    I’d Rather be a Painter – Poem By Lizzie Fincham

    We love the serendipity of the L’Age Baston experience. Here’s a bit written by one of our recent guests who wanted to do our Creative Writing course but in the end came for painting and loved it anyway. Her first […]

     
  • A Reflection of Summer Exhibitions by Artist John Barber

    A Reflection of Summer Exhibitions by Artist John Barber

    It will be lovely to have John Barber back tutoring the Painting course on the 28th of September.  What’s more, we have some last minute special course pricing of £799 (normal price £950). It’s an amazing chance to spend a […]

     
  • Jennifer Johnson at Ways With Words Literary Festival 2013

    Jennifer Johnson at Ways With Words Literary Festival 2013

    Ways With Words Literary Festival 2013 I have just finished my seventh year as Artist In Residence at ‘Ways With Words’ at Dartington Hall in South Devon. The annual event, now in its 22nd year, is a brilliant celebration of […]

     
  • An Artist’s Year in the Harris Garden by Jenny Halstead

    An Artist’s Year in the Harris Garden by Jenny Halstead

    The Harris Garden I have been engaged in a fascinating project of being the first Artist in Residence in The Harris Garden, at the University of Reading. The Harris Garden is set in a beautiful landscape once in the grounds […]

     
  • La Fete du Muguet – Lilly of the Valley Day

    La Fete du Muguet – Lilly of the Valley Day

    La Fete du Muguet May Day in France is the La Fete du Muguet (Lilly of the Valley Day). Most old gardens in France have a little patch of muguet de bois tucked away somewhere. Ours is just the other […]

     
  • The Lady is for Cooking

    The Lady is for Cooking

    It’s been a long winter for us here too, but at last Spring is here. The cuckoo is making it known that he has arrived, rabbits are hopping around the fields and wild flowers are springing up everywhere. I thought […]

     
  • How to choose the right French language holiday

    How to choose the right French language holiday

    Looking to improve your French? Whether for business or pleasure, there are French language courses available to suit all needs and abilities. You will find good French language schools and courses all over the world but to get a real […]

     
  • Walking cures everything – (an old L’Age Baston proverb)

    Walking cures everything – (an old L’Age Baston proverb)

    You were born to walk. It’s the simple, biological truth. When we evolved to stand upright, humans were all condemned to progress on two feet forever more. You are sort of adapted for it after all, with hips, legs, knees, […]

     
  • Reasons to be Cheerful – Walking in Charente

    Reasons to be Cheerful – Walking in Charente

    Walking in Charente When people ask what it is I like about walking in the Charente I’m tempted to sing a walking version of ‘my favourite things’. Mostly I resist temptation because it’s a fair question that demands a real […]

     
  • Drawing by Jennifer Johnson

    Drawing by Jennifer Johnson

    I love drawing for it’s simplicity; for making marks and discovering amazing expression in the subtleties of the medium and the paper you are using.  Everything can be a subject for drawing and by observation there will be a wonderful […]

     
  • Courgette Farci aux Amandes Recipe

    Courgette Farci aux Amandes Recipe

    This summer has brought one of the biggest ‘gluts’ of courgettes that the L’Age Baston Potager has ever seen. We’ve had them long and greens, round ones and some long yellow too. Sometimes it feels like we’re running out of […]

     
  • Exploring France on a Walking Holiday

    Exploring France on a Walking Holiday

    It seems more and more people are putting best foot forward, passing on the beach bakeries and club-fun and taking a vacation walking in the real world. It’s not hard to see why when the variety of walking and trekking […]

     
  • What to Expect from Your Painting Holiday in France

    What to Expect from Your Painting Holiday in France

    Whether you are a novice painter or an experienced one, the chance to spend your painting holidays in France can be a considered a luxury on a budget.  The South West of France is a picturesque part of the country […]

     
  • Wild Boar – Civet de Sanglier Recipe

    Wild Boar – Civet de Sanglier Recipe

    Wild Boar at Château L’Age Baston We’re always hearing from the locals that there is supposed to be a boar problem round here. “Too fertile, too many”, say the hunters. “Too hungry, too many”, say the farmers thinking about maize yields.  […]