• France’s Presidential Candidates – Too Wealthy To Be In Touch?

    I was hanging the washing on the clothes airer in front of the fire the other morning, which is how I dry the clothes in winter since neither budgetary nor planetary concerns will allow me to invest in a tumble drier. I idly wondered if Carla was doing the same...


  • Sold On Les Soldes

    France went on sale today, 11th January. From now until 14 February the soldes are taking place in the vast majority of the country. A few stubborn or otherwise non-conformist départements are holding theirs on different dates. However, they may not be up to much this year since various surveys...


  • Cheese on Tuesday – Cantal

    This Tuesday’s cheese is Cantal. Cantal (15) is one of the three départements that make up the Auvergne (the other two are Allier (03) and Puy de Dôme (63)). It’s one of my favourite parts of France. We had a great holiday near St Flour when Rors was a toddler,...


  • Étang des Landes – Limousin’s Largest Lake

    A recent geocaching trip took us to Étang des Landes at Lussat, Creuse. This is a 100 hectare lake, Limousin’s largest, set in 165 hectares of nature reserve. Apparently 600 species of animal call it home, with 50 of them being protected. Certain breeds of amphibians are amongst those menacé...


  • TEOTWAWKI – No More Public Toilet Roll in Boussac!

    Yes, it’s The End Of The Wolrd As We Know It. And it’s not 21st December yet! Civilisation is crumbling. This notice on the door of the public WC in Boussac confirms it. It says: Because of so much nicking, we’re not supplying toilet roll any more. Now that’s sad....