Trick or treat, Toussaint and tartiflette

Well the clocks have now gone back and the mornings are lighter but the nights are of course now drawing in. We’ve had a couple of stunning sunrises and the moon was HUGE last night:


We went out to a local restaurant on Saturday night and I ordered the French speciality from the Savoy region called tartiflette (pay good attention, Susanna Lynam, you will be interested in the ingredients). It is made with potatoes, onions, lardons (chopped up bacon to you and me) and … reblochon cheese! Yes it is as yummy as it sounds.


On Tuesday night we geared ourselves up for any potential Halloween trick or treaters by buying a bucketload of toffees… sadly no-one knocked on our door so we’ll just have to eat the toffees ourselves, ho hum.


The next day was a Public Holiday for La Toussaint (or All Saints’ Day). We went on a jaunt to Surgères, a pretty town about 35 minutes away set around an impressive church and gardens. Families were out and about, enjoying the time together and we definitely noticed the colourful bunches of chrysanthemums when we passed any cemeteries as it is traditional in France to honour your ancestors by laying these blooms on their gravestones on 1st November. I also love the fact that every day is dedicated to a different saint, in fact our local weather forecaster tells us which saint is having their day every time we check the weather. We got a free calendar and I spent ages looking up which saints are celebrated on which days. Check out December 13th:


If you want me to check out the saint for your birthday, just drop me a message in the comments and I’ll look it up!

À bientôt, bisous.


10 thoughts on “Trick or treat, Toussaint and tartiflette

  1. Hope all of those saints don’t = a public holiday!
    Love to know who the lucky saint is that shares my birthday of 13th July!
    Loving your adventures and look forward to reading them every weekend, especially now I can’t seem to find ‘Escape to the chateau ‘ on Channel 4.


    • Dear Dee,
      Your saints will be Henri and Joël. Escape to the Château was only on for 3 episodes! We’ve seen 2/3 so I might put the kettle on and settle down to episode 3 this afternoon with a cuppa (and a couple of toffees, of course)!
      Thanks for the lovely comments about the blog.
      Take care,


  2. I’m pleased your calendar gives a little more info than mine. The day before Ste Lucie on mine is just given as Jean F de C, and I’ve always thought it was something to do with Fish and Chips! Saw a huge skein of les grues yesterday heading your way. Keep your eyes and ears open.

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  3. My mouth was watering at the food porn pic of that gorgeous looking Tartiflette! – absolutely LOVE Tartiflette! AND we’ve got some Reblochon in the fridge which is starting to smell a bit interesting so just need to get the spuds. onions and bacon…nom, nom, nom!

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  4. I think they do some similar with Chrysants in Spain? You paint the most wonderful picture with your words Luce and fab illustrations by Rich’s photos.
    9th Oct …who do I share my day with? Xx


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