• 2 months of TI

    Two Months of Total Immersion I launched my two latest books, ‘Total Immersion: Ten Years in France’ and ‘Haircuts, Hens and Homicide’ on 17th February, the day that would have been Dad’s 99th birthday if he’d still been with us. It seemed an auspicious day. And it was. I had...


  • Seed-bombing

    Seed Bombing I’m a bit out of touch. I hadn’t heard about guerrilla gardening until Caiti brought home a seed bombing kit with her from cosmopolitan Bordeaux this weekend. These little seed bombs, or green grenades, consist of compost, clay and flower seeds, or compost, flour, water and seeds. They...


  • Cycling-Clugnat

    Cycling, Clugnat and a Café in Crisis It hasn’t been a very cycling-friendly start to the year weather-wise. It’s been either too cold, too wet or too windy, and sometimes all three together! We had a 50km round trip to Aigurande in January, but our next bike outing wasn’t until...


  • Fete-des-grands-meres

    There’s a grandma in the family – my sister. This, of course, means that I’m a very proud great-aunt, to Robin born in January… and Ella Joy born in March. I was therefore quick to spot that today, the first Sunday in March, is Fête des grands-mères here in France....


  • Cocci-Doodle-Do

    I’ve had a couple of cases of coccidiosis amongst my young Brahma chickens. I guess I’ve always been bit blase about parasites in my chooks since they free-range and are generally very robust and healthy. However, because of the bad weather and the Brahmas’ evident delicateness compared with my happy...