• Impulse Buying – Achats d’Impulsion

    I made an impulse buy this morning. And I’ve bucked all the trends by doing so. I’ll explain. According to research, impulse buys are most likely to happen in large towns and cities, and not in rural areas. I made mine at quiet Boussac’s Thursday market. Young people are the...


  • Pocket Money or is it Pokémon Money? – L’Argent de Poche

    Ruadhri and I went to Guéret today. I was due for a minor skirmish with French bureaucracy, which has left me with my usual fonctionnaire-induced headache, but Rors had happier reasons for tagging along. One was a visit to the library. Our archictecturally state-of-the-art bibliothèque, built at a walloping cost...


  • Languishing Lettuces, Miserable Mâche And A Few Flax Facts

    Problemo. My lettuces aren’t doing at all well. They got off to a cracking start in the seed tray. I enthusiastically put 30 out into a section of the raised beds, but all except 1 shrivelled up. I put some more out but am down to just 4. They seem...


  • Made in France, Marshmallow Llamas – And Not Forgetting Dave

    Our two watering cans are in a sorry state. To be fair they were never top quality and they are quite old now. And at least one of them has been run over by a tractor. But all the same, it’s selfish of them to fall apart. We happened to...


  • On The Road With ACSNEC – Nouzerines Cycling Club

    ACSNEC assembly point I’ve been cycling, well, forever, but today I went on my first ever club ride. Chris and I both got emails from the indefatiguable Fatima, who keeps Nouzerines going, inviting us to come along for a ride on Sunday morning with ACSNEC. AC-what? The French love their...