Saint-Jean-de-Cole is a pretty little village in the Dordogne not far from Brantôme in south west France. We have just returned from our annual sojourn in France, the car laden with wine to see us through the months ahead. It was a largely uneventful few weeks – too hot to do very much – but the 'highlight' of the trip was the hurricane – 'la Tempete' – which hit the region during our last week. No water for several hours, no electricity for three days! Cooking by candlelight was a novel challenge.