• Obligatory Breath Test Kit for all French Motorists

    I don’t often go political, but today I feel the need. I’ve found out that from spring 2012 (forgive the  slightly vague date but there’s nothing more definite available yet) all motorists will be having to put something else in the car to join the gilet rétro-réfléchissant (reflective jacket) and...


  • A Crafty New Year with Serviettage

    First of all, Happy New Year. I love crafts so I’m always excited to try something new in the make and do line. For my latest venture I’ve gone French and seen what I can create with paper napkins (serviettes). This craft, not surprisingly, is known as serviettage. Now, French...


  • Happy New Year – and an old poem to celebrate

    So 2012 is imminent. I’d like to wish you all an eventful and exciting (but not too extremely so) year and look forward to your continued company over the next twelve months. Thanks for your support in 2011. I hope you’ve enjoyed my posts as much as I’ve enjoyed writing...


  • Hot Calendars!

    It’s calendar time of year again. The Sapeurs-Pompiers appeared last night with theirs. It’s a good quality one but, disappointingly, not like the one produced by firemen in Amiens in 2010 that featured this photo: Now that’s some calendar! So far the postlady, whom we unflatteringly refer to as the...


  • Skating on Thin Plastic – Ice That Isn’t!

    Caiti and I delivered Benj back to his flat in Limoges on Tuesday. He was keen to get back to revise for upcoming tests, and to see his petite amie again. Plus he reckoned Creuse was too cold for him! The résidences were decidedly unfestive. There was just this notice...