• Cadel Evans Wins – Cadella Cavendish Arrives

    I’d been planning a blog about the economic impact of the Tour de France. I’ve done lots of research and it’ll make for interesting reading. But as I sat down to make a start on it this evening, in between watching the exciting last stage of the Tour, I noticed...


  • Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Want

    The latest Direct Delta catalogue has come. These arrive in the post box, roughly once a month, announcing that the Direct Delta lorry will be pulling into a car park near us soon to sell us all kinds of things we never knew we didn’t want. They make for fascinating...


  • Chilliness and Silliness, Camelids and Kindles

    My hands are usually the same colour as Chris's! It’s been like March or November most of this week – cold and wet. But I girded my loins and went for quick dip in the pool today. I can’t bear to not use it since we’re so lucky to have...


  • French Revolutions – Book Review

    Time for a seasonal book review. The Tour de France is in its last exciting week, so here’s a look at French Revolutions: cycling the Tour de France by Tim Moore. I stumbled upon this book listed on Gerry Patterson’s cycling website. Parsimonious as ever, I got a budget copy...


  • Haute Touche Parc Animalier Revisited

    Porcupines Our first visit to Haute Touche parc animalier (wildlife park) was in August 2006, shortly after we’d moved to France. We combined a trip there with a visit to a prospective fish supplier at nearby Le Blanc in Indre. This year’s visit had a fishy connection too. This time...