• Briquettes to Burn and Bastille Day Bunting

    It’s summer, so time to be organising our winter fuel. We’ve started chopping and splitting logs again, and now Ruadhri is making his contribution. He’s in charge of producing paper briquettes. We continually accumulate scarily ridiculous amounts of paper – the dreaded ‘pub’ that comes every Tuesday, newspapers (but no...


  • Sea and Tulips in Creuse – Frédéric Fortanier’s Art at Prébenoît

    Frédéric Fontanier with his amazing paintings During my last visit to the Boussac Tourist Office, I picked up a flyer advertising an art expo at Prébenoit Abbey. It was intriguingly entitled ‘Mer et Tulipes’ (sea and tulips), but it was only a couple of days later that I looked at...


  • Tour de France Action in Creuse

    We have had a brilliant morning watching the Tour de France. We woke up to rain, which was a blow. We wanted the rain, we’ve been praying for it – but not today! However, it dried up shortly before we set off at just after 10 am to claim our...


  • Tour de France Build-Up

    There’s a great atmosphere in Nouzerines and Boussac. People are definitely excited about the Tour de France passing through tomorrow. I was in the Tourist Office in Boussac very briefly this morning, and Pascale took two calls about it while I was there, and she wasn’t officially open yet! There...


  • A Raw Milk Distributor That Doesn’t Go Moo

    Caiti and I went to do the food shopping – groan – at Super-U at La Châtre today. “Oh cool,” says Caiti as we drive into the car park. “There’s one of those unpasteurised milk machines.” Photo from the Berry Echo - the machine at Super-U I am clearly way...