• One Orange Balloon

    Isn’t it amazing the odd little things that happen and give you a boost? We’re all feeling run down after le grand froid and so far the thaw is dispiriting. The farm is slowly turning to mush. However, the animals have cheered up immensely. The llamas have condescended to go...


  • Thaw, More Chaos and Boursin

    Finally the thaw has started but things are still chaotic. We had the heaviest snow fall of the year last night. This was forecast at vigilance orange level, but bizarrely even though the départements to the north, east, south and west of us (Indre, Allier, Corrèze and Haute Vienne) all...


  • Paris Part Deux

    As you know I’m slightly éolienne (wind turbine) obsessed, so it was great to see so many on our trip up to Paris, well over a hundred of them. The biggest group was in Beuce, where there were 26 in a row alongside the A10. I’m surprised there aren’t more...


  • To Paris and Back

    Caiti and I are safely back from our whirlwind trip to Paris which has left us culturally elevated but exhausted! OK, that could also be this afternoon’s post-trip gentle tree lugging session, but it’s mainly Saturday’s long day out in the City of Light. Also known as the Extremely Chilly...


  • Twenty Years to Publish a Novel – Guest Post by Steve Bichard

    I usually host guest posts from authors on my Books Are Cool website, but since this is a novel about expat life in France, then this website is definitely the best place for it! I’m delighted to welcome Steve Bichard who has just self-published his first book, Vantastic France.  ...