• Teeth and Turnips – Dents et Navets

    The dentist needed more of our money so today I took, sorry, dragged, Benj to Guéret to have something or other done to his long suffering teeth. The dentist started trying to straighten them up about three years ago, but went a bit far when he burnt a hole in...


  • Energetic Mince-Pie Making, A Missing Baby and Book Bags

    Ruadhri is throwing himself energetically into Christmas preparations. I had just started making pastry mince pies this morning when he charged into the kitchen and announced he’d carry on for me. Never one to decline an offer of help, however unexpected and alarming, I handed over the bowl to him....


  • Marchés de Noël in Limoges

    We collected eldest son Benj from Limoges today. He’s studying Applied Languages at University there. I can’t believe how quickly his first term has flown by. Nor can he! But he’s had a brilliant time and made the most of being in the city. We walked into Limoges to visit...


  • Tree-mendous Excitement – First Tempête of Winter

    What a day! The promised tempête materialised in the early hours, waking us several times, and was still enthusiastically gusting and raining at 8 am, when it was time to take Rors off to catch the school bus. It definitely was neither cycling nor walking weather, so into the car...


  • Spectacular!

    We’re just in from Ruadhri’s last Christmas specatcle (show). (He starts at coll__ège (secondary school) next year so no more seasonal jollity.) This is the sixth one we’ve been to now. Today’s wasn’t too much of an ordeal, a mere two-and-a-half hours. The record stands at a little over four...