• 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...


  • Sarzay

    Sarzay Last week we had an outing to the Chateau de Sarzay, a beautiful castle not too far away in neighbouring Indre. We’d last visited it in 2011 so felt it was time to have another look, and show it off to our visitor, Jackie. You can tell it’s worth...