• Lurking in the Medicine Cabinet – Outdated Anti-Radiation Drugs

    A gift from the Irish government In a fit of domestic goddessism, I tidied up our stash of medicines this morning. You have to do this regularly in France since any time you go to the doctors, you come home with four or five sets of pills and potions, most...


  • Taxing Times

    It’s tax time in France. Any day now our avis d’imposition for income tax will arrive, but in the meantime we have our taxe fonci__ère bill to groan over. This arrived with a heavy thunk in our mailbox the other day. It’s gone up by €600 euro this year. Mega...


  • ZooParc de Beauval – Beauval Zoo

    We began the holidays with a visit to a zoo at Haute Touche. Yesterday as an end-of-holiday treat we went to the ZooParc de Beauval. Ruadhri went there with school in June and he’d been raving about it ever since. And since we needed to film some animals for a...


  • Rentrée Countdown – Final Instalment

    Nearly there! R (rentrée day) minus 5: bedtime. It’s time to start getting the kids to bed at a slightly more sensible hour. We’ve slipped a lot this month. Rors isn’t going to bed till gone 9, and not getting up till twelve hours later. That won’t do come Monday!...


  • Eoliennes around Boussac: Wind Turbines in Creuse

    Work is underway on Boussac’s nine eoliennes – wind turbines. There will be seven in Bussière St Georges, the next commune along from us, and two in St Marien. It’s slightly odd to be building them around here as it’s definitely not a very windy part of France, and there...