• The Evils of Tomato Ketchup

    I enjoyed writing my animal themed blog posts last week, so I thought I’d go with a theme again this week. And, this  being France, well, it had to be food. I’m starting with a look at tomato ketchup. The French government recently banned tomato this from school canteens as...


  • Fête de la Grue – Crane Celebrations

    Last year's migration - I haven't got a good photo of this year's yet To my delight I can finish animal week on this blog by talking about our exciting twice-yearly visitors. The grues – European grey crane – have begun their migration south for the winter. We spotted our...


  • Creuse Carp

    I’ve never talked much about our fish on this blog, and since it’s animal week, then they should get a look in. We have three carp fishing lakes. Carp – ciprinids – are cool fish. Izaak Walton said so in his famous book, The Compleat Angler. To be precise, he...


  • Millions of Mulots

    Gigi has just brought another mulot into the house, and been quickly chased out. Mulot is the colloquial term round here for any sort of small country rodent. The usual suspects are campagnols or field rats, which is what they used to be called. It was my friend Georges-Louise Leclerc...


  • The Good, The Bad and The Delicious – Crayfish (Ecrevisses) in France

    Look at the photo carefully. Can you see him? I spotted this large écrevisse, crayfish, at the dam end of the middle lake yesterday. He’s the biggest one I’ve seen for a while. He was covered in silt and lying low in the water so I couldn’t make out if...