• How To Get To Paris

    I may slump into incoherence in the middle of this post. We’re doing some heavy physical stuff around the lakes at the moment, and I’m shattered! However, we need to press on while the lakes are frozen as it makes cutting back all the overhanging branches and trees and then...


  • Good Weather for Schoolboy Biscuits – Petit Écoliers

    I’m not generally a great biscuit eater, but this cold weather has changed that. And if the biscuit has chocolate on or in it, all the better. Luckily there was a packet of Petit Écoliers in the cupboard to indulge in. These are a truly French biscuit. They’re made by...


  • Wind Chill – Froid Ressenti – and Ice Walks

    Snow covered frozen lake The phrase froid ressenti is appearing on the weather forecasts a lot these days. It translates literally as ‘cold felt/experienced’ but is pretty much the same as refroidissement éolien (wind chill factor) – nothing to do with windmills (éoliennes) this time!) Frequently the froid ressenti is...


  • Winter Woes!

    Well, it’s all happening here. Our coldest ever weather is proving to be quite a handful. Our thermomenter showed  its lowest ever reading of minus 12.7 degrees C yesterday morning, and there were a good few more degrees of wind chill out there. We anticipated at least some pipes freezing...


  • Le Grand Froid à la Ferme i.e. It’s Freezing at Les Fragnes!

    We’ve been on vigilance orange (amber alert) for froid (cold) all day today in Creuse, and it’s set to continue and get worse, at least overnight. So we’re taking some special measures around the farm to cope with the extreme conditions. First up, we’ve brought the generator indoors so it’s...