• Monumental ride

    A monumental ride to Château d’Ars We’ve long intended to visit Château d’Ars – how could we resist a place with that name! And finally, yesterday, we got round to it – by bike. It was a round trip of 68km and over 700m of climbing, which isn’t bad going...


  • Sibel

    Now that Caiti has met her surprise hamster, I can tell you all about her. At least, we think it’s a her. The pet shop assistant was a bit vague, saying it’s hard to tell males from females, but we’re going to go with her being a lady hamster. Caiti’s...


  • Baby boom

    There’s been a late-summer surge of babies here at Les Fragnes. First came some finches. I bought a pale grey zebra finch, Clovis, to replace my last male who flew away. I popped him in with Cora (or possibly it was Dora, Flora, Laura or Norah – it’s hard to...


  • Switzerland

    Blog In France Goes Swiss Chris and I have recently come back from a few days in Switzerland, where we stayed with our lovely friends Paul and Michael in a bustling village in the canton of Solothurn. It was our first holiday together for fourteen years, and the first child-free...


  • Speed Limits

    All Slow Down The new speed limit of 80 kph on roads that used to be 90 kph has been in force for ten days now. These roads are routes départementales – single carriageway roads with no central reservation i.e. minor roads. I’m getting used to trundling around 11.11% slower...