Blog On Life In Mollans
An English resident, Ian Hugo, writes a blog on his life in Mollans, with postings about once a week on translation and linguistics more generally, differences in attitude between the French and English or just things worthy of comment that have happened in the previous 7-10 days. The URL is 

Carol Singing

Christmas carols

Christmas carols

Towards the end of 2011 a multinational group of villagers and friends got together to organise a carol concert before Christmas. Singing Christmas carols is not traditional in this part of France, although it is in some other regions (e.g. Alsace). Jo Goble, who belongs to two local choirs, was the driving force. Two concerts were held, firstly at the village old people’s home and afterwards at the Bar du Pont. Both were well attended and well received so it is likely that this will become an annual event.

Boules is a national past-time in France so it is unsurprising that it is played most days in the village, either on the Grande Aire or on the Place de l’Ancienne Gare.  In Mollans, however, everyone is welcomed, from complete novices to expert players.  So visitors should not be put off from joining in if they don’t feel they can play well.

The boules teams at Ramatuelle

The boules teams at Ramatuelle

 Indeed, in the summer of 2011 two non-competitive “journees boulistes” were organised specifically to get everyone to join in, with prizes for those with the lowest scores as well as the highest.

In 2009, the village entered a team in the regional competition for rural wrinklies and did well enough, placed 7th out of 30 teams, to go forward to the national competition, which was held in Ramatuelle, just outside St Tropez. There, the team finished 28th out of 80 contestants, which was considered a significant achievement for such a small village.

Cooking Lessons
Two Americans, Hallie Harron and Mary Evans, who have a house in the rue des Aires, give cooking lessons and guided tours of the local markets and vineyards when they are in Mollans in the summer. Both give cooking lessons in the USA during the rest of the year and both have written several books on cooking . These experienced chefs can help you learn to make your own Provencal dishes under their expert guidance and also offer day tours and classes by arrangement. For further information visit www.cookwrite.com.

Films Of The Area
Martine Chambon, who lives in the neighbouring hamlet of La Penne, has made several films of the area and is working on another, on the fountains in villages around Mont Ventoux. One of the films is on a one-day festival of books, with readings and interviews with authors, that takes place every year in the village of Sablet, about 20km from Mollans. The other films are all about the countryside in the area.

One of the films covers Montbrun, a nearby thermal station, and the hillside villages of Reilhanette, Brantes and Savoillans in the Toulourenc valley, the area beloved of author Jean Giono. Another explores the Ouvèze valley and several towns and villages within it: Vaison-la-Romaine, Buis les Baronnies, Puymeras, Sablet and, of course, Mollans. Finally, Martine has made a film entitled The World Of The Olive Tree. about the production and many uses of olives in the area, in this case in collaboration with Daniel Roche, who lives in Mollans.

All the films are available on DVD from Martine, the last with both English and French commentaries.  Martine can be contacted at www.histoire-de-voir.fr


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