• Favophilie – Fève Fever (Mad About Beans)

    At last the unsold Galettes des Rois that filled the shops at the beginning of January for Twelfth Night celebrations have reached their sell-by dates and are being flogged off cheap. Time for the Dagg family to swoop! We love these frangipane pies, and I always do a homemade one...


  • Cheese on Tuesday – Petit Suisse

    Yes, I know I keep saying I’m going to do Boursin next, but Rors came out with a joke the other day on seeing some Petit Suisses in the fridge. Here it is: Comment fait-on les petits suisses ? – Comme les petits français ! It doesn’t quite translate exactly...


  • Pandas in France – Huang Huang and Yuang Zi at Zooparc Beauval

    It’s the Chinese New Year today – Happy Year of the Dragon to everyone – so a very good time to talk about pandas, China’s most dramatic export. France now has a pair of pandas at Beauval. We visited there last summer and at the time we commented on how...


  • Blessing the Clocher at Nouzerines

    Cool cartoon off the service sheet This morning, Saturday, Chris and I went to a rather nice ceremony at St Clair’s in Nouzerines. It was a little service to bless the new clocher (bell tower). The weather was foul but at least it was dry inside the church, although it...


  • Missing and Mistreated Hens

    Limpy We have a missing chicken situation tonight. When I went out to put the turkeys and hens to bed, I couldn’t find Limpy anywhere. Limpy is a Labelle chicken, and must be about three years old now. We bought her and five of her siblings for the freezer, but...