• 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...


  • 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...