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Sorted!

Having looked at some of our footage, we decided we needed to reshoot a bit. We have made a film of the intersection of some motorways but the sky looks a bit boring, we fancied some dark clouds in it. […]

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Swarm!

In preparation for our bee visit today, we looked up the dos and don’ts of apiary life. Don’t be overly perfumed. Or be smelly. Bit of dilemma there. Don’t wear black socks, as bees sting dark things. Be calm at […]

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Dead cat bounce

OK so today’s post is going to be a bit more on the gentle side compared to our Parisian adventures up to now, for today we stayed in Sacy. We invited Hermine to do a bit of yoga with us. […]

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Chicken Shit!

Sorry for the delayed blog post – the internet was down when we got in last night. Either that or Hermine had switched it off as she could “sense a thunderstorm brewing.” We did have a few interesting conversations with […]

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Frogger!

Today we returned to Paris to find the cloud-making chimneys we had spotted yesterday. We parked up where we could, but unfortunately there were 5 motorways between us and said chimneys. How could we get to them? We ended up […]

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Boulevard Peripherique

In the wake of the news of the horrific attacks in Nice, today was rather a sombre affair. We cut short our plans to film in a metro station and spent the morning in a cafe watching the rolling news […]

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This is not for you!

Today has been a day of disappointments and hard drinking. This morning we started on the sauce at 11am for the continued Bastille Day celebrations, quaffing blanc de blanc behind a rather impressive marching band. This was followed by a […]

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Per-tonk

Wow what a day! The Pertonk was a MASSIVE success and we were loved, loved, loved! Thanks Brucey for stepping into the breach! There will be a big blog post to follow in a few days as we are having […]

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Someone call the Pompadoos!

We didn’t quite realise the importance of the task when we took it upon ourselves to organise the village Petanque. The stress levels have been gradually rising and reached fever pitch today when Hermine discovered we hadn’t yet made the […]

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Boissons

So sorry we failed to blog yesterday. We did lots of stuff, we were just so tired from our exploits in Paris the day before, we didn’t have the energy to tell you about it! So here is a quick […]

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Tours Aillaud

Today we had to make a quick trip to the centre of Paris for some emergency camera repairs. If you ever need a sensor clean in Paris, we highly recommend the relaxed (2 hour lunch break), friendly (gave us blueberries) […]

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Hi Ho!

We would like you to meet the seven new family members soon to be taking up residence in the Chateau gardens: Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Dopey, Bashful and Sneezy. It was strange because we had discussed only the day before […]

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Roast Beef

Today was a biggie, it was the day of the annual Sacy-le-Petit brocante. The 5am kick off was so cold we just pulled our clothes on over our pyjamas and headed out to set up our stall. We found ourselves […]

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Ladybird, ladybird

Today was mostly about filming the wildlife of Sacy-le-Petit. Bees, ants, creep-crawlies of all sorts, flowers, nettles and trees. It mainly went like this: spot a lovely bee, set up tripod, get focus, sort exposure, bee flies away, spot another […]

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Moo!

Hermine came to see us with some terrible news today. She said she was awfully disappointed and had to come up to tell us straight away. Our faces dropped. What had we done now? “It’s my wine merchant” she wailed, […]

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City Slickers

Today we wrote a leaflet announcing our arrival to the local community and forewarning them about our plans. It is of course in French, but I’m sure you can get the gist. This fancy leaflet encourages people to come to […]

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DONG!

Rain stopped play today. We were holed up in the Chateau most of the day, listening to the rain and the thunder. So we decided to record some audio. We were of course still hearing the bells. After a few […]

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Sebastian

We went up into the attic of the Chateau today and, once Hermine had managed to change the light bulb, we were treated to a treasure trove of delights: old political posters, huge ornate frames, endless vases and jars, and […]

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Get stuffed

Today we went to Paris to check out a taxidermy emporium called Deyrolle. Taxidermy is de-rigueur in these parts and we wanted to investigate it. When we eventually managed to exit Les Halles station (no lie, we were walking round […]

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Qu’est-ce que c’est?

In order to further ingratiate ourselves with the locals, we signed up for a short forestry course today. If anyone can tell us what our guide Alain was on about, do let us know, cheers. It might have been prudent […]

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The Chateau Diaries

We are artists Julie Henry and Debbie Bragg, and we work together as art duo Henry/Bragg. We have been chosen for an artist residency at Chateau de Sacy in France this Summer, supported by a-n travel bursaries.

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Wendy McCleave

I’m a mature student on level 5 of the part-time fine art degree course at Hereford College of Arts. Our current module, Exploring Futures, is encouraging us to look at life in our chosen field once we’ve graduated. As my […]

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