• Useful Bits of Kit

    The cycling season is more or less properly underway for me and Chris. We’ve had a handful of outings this year, but have been hampered by one or other of bad weather, work or illness, so are quite late getting into a regular riding routine this year. We were driving...


  • Becoming French – Part Deux

    The TCF ANF language test is now behind me, and I hope for good! (In case you missed my last post, TCF ANF stands for Test de connaisance du français à l’acquistion de la nationalité française.) Last Wednesday saw me hovering nervously outside the CNAM building in Limoges. Son Benjamin...


  • The Tricky TCF

    TCF stands for a lot of things, according to the dictionary of acronyms: Treating Customers Fairly, The Citizens’ Foundation, Totally Chlorine Free, Tax Control Framework, Twentieth-Century Fox, Tai Chai Fundamentals, Total Cash Flow and Track Circuit Failure, not forgetting Thousand Cubic Feet and also Trillion Cubic Feet – which is...


  • Becoming French Part Un

    The process of gaining French nationality hasn’t got off to a good start. The first step is to take and, obviously, pass the TCF ANF – Test de compétence du français pour l’accèss à la nationalité française (language competency test to obtain French nationality). With British (but not for much...


  • Hunting for Ammonites

    Inspired by our first enjoyable spot of fossil-hunting, and since it was still the school hols, we loaded the car up with Tobi the Enthusiastic (our dog loves her outings in the car), Ruadhri the Reluctant, and rucksacks containing packed lunches and hammer and chisel,. We headed off northwards into...