International Women’s Day : Women Farmers in France

To mark international women’s day today, here are some figures for women farmers in France, just been published by the French agricultural social security body the MSA. Figures are for 2017:

  • One out of four farm managers in France is a w…

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Arctic Shaman's Seance

The snow fell quietly, covering the settlement in a thick white blanket.  The shaman had told Okwana she’d recognize the singing hut by the large narwhal ivory which jutted up out of the roof; it whistled when the wind raced over the ice, he’d said. …

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Hunting Season in France

Out for a walk this beautiful Sunday afternoon I took the lane along the corn field. The upright cornstalks tower over your head and the slight wind rustles their drying leaves – the only noise to be heard in this haven away from the urban crush. Unt…

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Archangels and Angelica

A half crazed warrior Thorgeir and his poet brother Thormod were in the Icelandic mountains picking angelica for their soups, salads, and medicinal remedies.  At a place known as Thorgeir’s ledge, near Hornstrandir in the Western Fjords where the …

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