• Alder Is Alive Again

    The 2012 holiday season is underway. Our first anglers arrived today for a week’s fishing on Alder Lake. It’s good to get things going again, and also good that the non-income period is over! They are return clients. They were so taken by the cats on their last visit that...


  • Friday Night Ritual

    I’m sat here in the Boussac Judo Club dojo (the old public showers) while Caiti hones her throwing-people-around skills. Rors is not here tonight. He’s been poorly today with a headache. I’ve just had a chat with another mum and she reckons it’s growing pains. Could well be as he’s...


  • A Seedy Way Of Life

    I have developed a seed habit. Now that we have the polytunnel with its raised beds, at long last we have the space and a suitable environment to get plants started. Up to now we’d fill every windowsill or other exposed flat surface in the house with seedtrays and collections...


  • Macarons, And Why You Might Cry!

    You may cry when you read this post. Yesterday, 20th March, was le jour du macaron, when, in certain bakeries, you could get a FREE macaron in return for a donation to a charity supporting autism. I only found out about late in the evening, and was very depressed until...


  • Vigipirate Écarlate – What Is It?

    Following the recent fatal shootings of three parachutists, and three children and an adult outside a Jewish school, the Midi-Pyrénées area of France is on Vigipirate Écarlate – scarlet terrorist alert. Vigipirate stands for ‘Vigilance et Protection des Installations contre les Risques d’Attentats à l’Explosif’. Niveau Écarlate, scarlet level, is...