• 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...


  • Château Rocher

    A recent geocaching trip took us to Château Rocher in the Puy de Dôme department. Château Rocher is a splendid old castle in a stunning setting. It’s perched 150 metres above the Sioule river valley on a rocky outcrop. Its role in the past was to keep a watchful eye...


  • DIY Dye

    I was very pleased when these four packet of seed arrived yesterday, especially as I’d only ordered them the previous day! I hadn’t realised at the time that the vendor, Graine de Vie, was based in my home département of Creuse. That must have helped speed things up no end....