• School Shooting Shocks France

    So, despite being asked not to by the FCPE, we sent Ruadhri to school this morning. And he’ll be coming back home tonight, thank heavens, unlike the three children shot outside the Jewish school in Toulouse today. The father of two of the children was also killed. France is still...


  • School Tomorrow?

    Tomorrow, Monday 19th March, I’m not supposed to send my kids to school. The FCPE (Fédération des Conseils de Parents d’Elèves) nationwide is asking parents to keep their children home in protest against proposed teacher cuts. What to do? Ruadhri is all for staying home, but with him it’s any...


  • Frog Hops, Blog Hops and Hopping Mad

    Hopping frogs first. It’s the frog bonking season, and toads too, and every evening there is lots of amorous activity going on along the banks of all three of our lakes. We went on a frog spotting evening walk yesterday. It was great fun. We heard and saw plenty. Sadly...


  • A Quick Job

    Roly asleep on Rusty Deux This morning Chris wanted to rotovate what we optimistically call our vegetable patch. To be fair, we get good pumpkins and pototoes from it, but not much else. Anyway, we therefore needed to take the hay spikes off the back of Rusty Deux, the tractor,...


  • On Yer Bike!

    At last the cycling season has started for us. We were a bit late this year. We’d meant to start a fortnight ago once the ice sheet had receded, but Benj coming home at the last minute for a short visit plunged us into chaos – very nice chaos though....