• Sunshiney Fun

    This spring weather is wonderful and we’ve made the most of it. This is hang-on from our fifteen years in Ireland, one of the more meteorologically challenged countries in the world! The moment there was a glimmer of sunshine, or even a break between rain showers, we’d drop everything and...


  • Blog In France – 400, And Just Warming Up

    Party time – 400th blog post today! Sadly I’m full of flu so not inclined for a knees-up, but please have one on my behalf. Thanks to you all for following me. I had my best month ever in February 2012 with just under 4,000 hits and that’s brilliant! Today’s...


  • Benefitting From Our Bonus Day

    We’ve been making the most of our bonus day, 29th February, as well as the wonderful weather. We were down to teeshirts today. It seems incredible that only a week ago Chris and I were bundled up against the vicious cold, dragging wood across the firmly frozen lakes. They’re all...


  • Houba, Houba ! Meet Marsupilami

    He’s 60 this year, he’s stripey, he’s cute – but what exactly is he? Marsupilami is a bande désinée (comic book) character invented by Franquin and was first published in 1952 in Spirou. In 1987 he got his own series of BDs, which our Ruadhri loves. There’s now a further...


  • Année Bissextile – Leap Year

    Caesar from the Asterix books As I’m sure you know, this year is a leap year. In French that’s année bissextile. A what? Well, bissextile comes from the Latin bis sextilis which means ‘twice sixth’. None the wiser? OK, leap years were introduced under the Julian calendar, after Caesar’s Egyptian...