• Queer Quantities And Strange Statistics

    It’s long puzzled me why sliced brown bread here in France comes in ‘normal’ packets of 14 slices (550g) and family size ones of 21 slices (825g). Those seem to be strange numbers of slices, especially the 21 size. You can’t make an even number of sandwiches with that. Sandwiches...


  • Busy Week – Branches, Brouettes, Barbed Wire and Berkshires

    I’ve been sitting gazing blankly at the computer screen for a while. Not writer’s block – I’ve got plenty of blog posts planned out – but farmer’s exhaustion! It’s been quite a week. Now that we’re finally thawing out, we’re catching up with outside jobs. But there was still thick...


  • Liberté, Fraternité Maybe – But Égalité Is Struggling In French Schools

    Photo by Frenk and Danielle Kaufmann from Dreamstime Having touched on discrimination yesterday with a look at the suppression of the term Mademoiselle on official forms, I thought I’d continue on the theme by looking at the disparity between the treatment of boys and girls at primary school. Recently there...


  • Mademoiselles and Bells

    My mum and dad 60 years ago It’s official. A circular from the Prime Minister’s office yesterday, 21st February, has decreed that the term Mademoiselle (Miss) is to be phased out of official documentation. Women no longer have to pinpoint their marital status. France has never had an equivalent of...


  • Food Self-Sufficiency, Here We Come!

    It may be hard to believe given my well-known dislike of cooking, but this morning saw me voluntarily in the kitchen. And I’ll be back again later making pancakes. Using flour, which leads me to this photo which I just have to include. (OK, I have it in for M...