• Guinea-Pig Gardeners of Les Fragnes

    The gite garden has never been so well maintained as it has been this year – thanks to our guinea-pig gardeners! It wasn’t intentional. Back in the spring, the male guinea-pigs bust out of their run on their lawn and evaded capture for a few days. Once we were certain...


  • Invading Ladybirds

    During the last gite changeover, I had, sadly, to vac up a lot of dead ladybirds off one of the windowsills. It’s the time of year that they start to wander indoors, looking for somewhere cosy to spend the winter. I’m not sure why this lot all perished. When I...


  • Disruptions …

    Sorry if you called by my blog in the last few days and found it wasn’t there. The server, Blue Host, went down unexpectedly and for a long time mid-week, so Chris decided it was a good moment to transfer operations to another server, Lunar Pages. He took care of...


  • Quincessentially French

    The mug is there for scale Quinces, coings, are a very French thing. In Creuse, every country garden has at least one quince tree and quince jelly, gelée aux coings, is turned out with great enthusiasm by many people every year. On our daily bike rides, we’ve picked up a...


  • Nuts and Little Pumpkins

    I’ve already talked about walnuts and chestnuts in recent blogs. Suffice it to say that we’re still gathering walnuts like crazy and I’m spending about an hour a day cracking them. I’m leaving Chris in charge of the chestnuts. So – two different sort of nuts today – hazelnuts and...