• Geysers, crosses and quartz

    Chris and I have just been on our second mini camping trip in Precious, the campervan. This time Tobi the dog came along too. We headed into neighbouring département Allier for two days, our first port of call being Bellerive-sur-Allier which is across the river from Vichy. The attraction here...


  • Natural Dyes

    The EEC had its butter mountain in the 1970s and I currently have, if not quite a mountain, then at least a very sizeable hill of home-made soap! I thought it might be wise to find an alternative creative outlet for a while. Since I colour my soaps with various...


  • Vaccination Drama

    Chris and I had our first Covid vaccinations a few days ago. When the vaccination campaign began in France at the end of December 2020, at a pace that made even the slowest snail feel very nippy, we were sure we’d be waiting until the summer at the very least...


  • Interesting Discoveries

    Before lockdown numero trois came into force, we’d been going geocaching once (occasionally twice) a week, and thoroughly enjoying these sanity-preserving outings. Not every one of them presents us with a fascinating historical discovery or stunning scenery, but they’re all rewarding in their own way. That value might lie in...


  • Animal Foam

    When I started making soap about a year ago, I went the common, plant-based route and only used butters and oils produced from things that grew out of the ground. These make lovely soaps in all sorts of combinations, but they are, on the whole, quite pricey and I’ve begun...