mon coeur de campagne

living a simpler, rural French life

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La Brame de Cerf


La brame de cerf.  Photo credit: S.Guillerault


Le premier jour d’automne, the first day of autumn and it’s sunny and glorious.  The days are getting shorter and as twilight falls,  a guttural, roaring can be heard from the heart of the forest.  It is the cerf, the stag, the “King of the Forest” challenging his rivals.

If you are lucky you might hear la brame du cerf as you drive along in the twilight near Forest Bertranges, near Moulins Engilbert .  Look out for groups of people huddled along the side of the road waiting and then suddenly someone gets a tip off and everyone jumps into their cars to get nearer the sound.

Or wrap up warm, take a torch and join a guided tour into the woods where you will be sure to hear la brame du cerf and enjoy an apero too.

It is an unforgettable experience to hear the primeval sounds of this magnificent beast.

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Slip between the sheets 

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We’re in the middle of a heatwave in Le Morvan and it is hotter than the south of France.

During the day when the heat is on we jump in the local lac but at night it’s a different story!  Luckily our collection of vintage French linen is beautifully cool to the touch. Collected over a few years from brocantes, our linen treasures have pretty details, monograms and exquisite embroidery. 

It was the tradition to embroider bed linen as part of a young bride’s trousseau and back in the Middle Ages linen was worn next to the skin by those who could afford it. The wicking properties of linen means that it soaks up moisture and you don’t end up with clammy sheets sticking to you. Perfect for these hot summer nights.

Buy linens  or Metis – a linen and cotton mix – as crisp as you can find and they will soften up after washing.

The simple linen sheet in the photo has a hand stitched centre seam which reveals that it is at least a hundred years old.  It is harder to find the linen bargains now but they are still out there waiting to be uncovered.