• Pole Dancing

    Spot the broken pole Edouard, the farmer who cuts our hay, arrived yesterday to tackle this year’s grass. Sadly it’s a poor crop due to the early hot weather followed by the continuing long dry spell. Things aren’t good for farmers generally. Edouard told us that his beef cattle are...


  • Nos Loisirs – journal-revue from 1906

    On 1st July, 105 years ago, a new magazine came out in France – Nos Loisirs. It cost ten centimes and described itself as ‘journal-revue illustré de 32 pages’.  What’s more, it claimed ‘pas une ligne, pas une gravure qui ne soit pas intéressante’ – there wouldn’t be a single...


  • Tour de France 2011 in Creuse

    Only ten days until the Tour de France blasts through Nouzerines in a blur of coloured lycra and reflective sunglasses. As you’ve seen in previous posts, signs and banners have been put up to advertise the event. However, the banners aren’t in very good nick at the moment. Strong winds...


  • Belts and Books

    A spotlight on Ruadhri today. Rors getting his white/yellow belt Last Friday he finally got his longed-for promotion in judo from white belt to white and yellow belt. He’d been bitterly disappointed not to get that at the first grading of the year, but he hung in there and has ...


  • Shear Horror!

    It has suddenly got very hot, so it was time to shear the alpacas. The shiny electric shears arrived a few weeks ago, as I mentioned in an earlier post. Time to use them. Seamus was the guinea pig. Here he is before treatment. It took three of us. Chris...