• Noël Nouvelet – A Carol for Advent

    It’s the first Sunday in Advent (premier dimanche de l’avent) today which, as we all know, marks the start of the build-up to Christmas. And I have finally got round to wrapping up a few pressies and parcelling them up to be sent off to family and friends in England...


  • Pharmacie Faux-Pas or Cock-Up at the Chemists

    I was going to blog about the forthcoming AIPB Anglo-French carol concert. This will be only its third year but it’s already become a tradition in Boussac. French people have taken to the ‘meenzpiess’, which are served up afterwards with mulled wine, with a vengeance. It was the first répétition...


  • St Catherine and Kitchens

    The 25th of November is Saint Catherine’s Day. This is an important day, not just because my daughter is an Irish Catherine (Caitlin is the Gaelic version of the name), or solely because Saint Catherine is the patron saint of spinners, amongst other things (and I’m a wannabe spinner of...


  • EWWR – European Week for Waste Reduction

    It’s ironic. It’s European Week for Waste Reduction (Semaine Européene de la Réduction des Déchets) and here am I, sat at my computer, with a pile of le pub (publicity emanating mainly from supermarkets that’s delivered every Tuesday) on my lap. I’d intended to do a blog about these pointless...


  • Squeaky Clean – Bien Propre

    Yesterday was the second part of my food hygiene course. Mercifully it was only a half day this time. A full day of French is rather heavy going. It was all very hands-on in that we got lots of detailed hand-outs this time. We were also pointed in the direction...