• La Mode Pratique 11.11.1911 – Fur, Dowries, Patterns and Potions

    The weather is wonderful at the moment, definitely the nicest French November that we can remember. So we took advantage of it yesterday to some sorting out in the barn. Our barn is huge and has become a bit of a dumping ground for, well, everything. It was getting out...


  • Armistice and Apples

    We’re just back from the Armistice Day commemoration ceremony at Nouzerines’ war memorial. It is the most perfect day, sunny, warm and still. It’s hard to think it’s November. Look at that blue sky. The occasion begins a little after eleven when the three flagbearers followed by the Maire carrying...


  • Beetle Drive

    Having discovered the CPN website and its ongoing beetle survey, and since yesterday was unbelievably sunny for November, Chris, Rors and I decided to go for a stroll along woodland walk at nearby Ste Sévère and look out for these insects. I printed out a record sheet for Rors, stole...


  • Hidden Treasures of France – Rendez-vous sur les chemins

    What a shame! Last weekend, 5-6th November, was the second ‘Rendez-vous sur les chemins’ even in France. And I had no idea until a few minutes ago  when I browsed through one of Ruadhri’s Mon Quotidien magazines. But I will be on the alert for the 2012 rerun. The activities...


  • Boussac Battle of the Bands 2011

    Last night the second Battle of the Bands, organised by the inter-culturally active AIPB, took place in Boussac. I wrote about 2010’s here and the 2011 sequel was every bit as good. Benj wasn’t on the jury this year. Caiti was going to be, but at the last minute some...