• 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...


  • Fossil-hunting at Montgivray

    Ruadhri’s surprise fossil find in a pile of rocks when we were searching for a geocache at Lys St Georges prompted us to see if there were places not too far away where we could do some proper fossil hunting. We’ve previously fossil hunted en famille at Whitby and in...


  • Goats

    It’s 5 March today, which, according to the French Republican Calendar, is 15 Ventôse (= windy) and the day’s name is chèvre – goat. I’m quietly fascinated by the French Republican Calendar which held sway for 12 years between late 1793 and 1805, and briefly resurfaced for 8 days under...


  • Puy de Dôme

    This ‘hottest February ever’ weather continues, fortunately coinciding with the school winter holidays. Normally this two-week break in mid-to-late Feb, depending on which zone gets allocated which weeks, is cold, damp and dismal, with kids stuck indoors most of the time. Apart, of course, from that minority of children who...


  • Worth Their Weight In Gold

    Every now and again you buy something that’s worth its weight in gold. You could, of course, say that about many utilitarian items that contribute a massive amount to your quality of life such as a car, a bike, a washing machine, a sewing machine, ride-on mower or a computer....