• Summer Revision

    Revision books for kids for during the summer holidays are big business here in France. Every major educational publisher produces them, and every newsagent, bookshop and supermarket stocks them. And they sell well. But why? Don’t kids learn anything at school during the year? Do they really need to work...


  • Good Start to Summer

    Caiti, Chris and Benj The summer holidays have got off to a good start. OK, we’re getting up a bit later than usual, but the animals don’t seem to notice that breakfast has been moved back a little. So long as food and water arrive, they’re happy.We’ve mended fences, cycled,...


  • Fêteful Day

    Caiti painting her own face first! It was the AIPB summer fête Sunday afternoon. Caiti was in charge of face painting and I was keeping an eye on the turkey, hen and guinea pigs we’d brought along as a mini pets corner. Limpy, the hen, behaved atrociously. She kept beating...


  • Suffolk in France

    Lavenham and Debenham We finally have some sheep. We’ve bought two Suffolk ewes from Edouard, the farmer who makes our hay and grows some cereals on our land. Suffolk is my county – I was born and bred in Ipswich – so I’m rather chuffed. We’re calling the girls Lavenham...


  • Celebrations and Cornflake Ice-cream

    Today, 2nd July, is Ruadhri’s 10th birthday. That’s huge! New born Ruadhri He’s come a long way. He was born six weeks early and his first 48 hours were touch and go. Here’s a picture of him all wired and tubed up in his incubator during his early hours. As...