• Gueret 7 June 1944

    I’ve often noticed plaques on the wall in various places around Gueret. And they all have the date 7 juin 1944 on them. While waiting for Benj to take his German oral exam last Friday, I walked round and took photos of the ones I could find. Then I did...


  • Tractor Temptations

    We're tempted ... We’re test-driving a vehicle at the mo. Not a brand new Lamborghini, sad to say, but a 50 year old Mc Cormick Farmall Intenational 265 tractor. These were churned out in large quantities between the 1920s and 1970s as a sensibly priced, all purpose tractor aimed at...


  • Bacs Against the Wall

    My two teens are taking their bacs at the moment. The bac, le baccalauréat, introduced by Napoleon in 1808, is the qualification students gain (hopefully!) at the end of their three years in lycée, when the majority of them are aged around 18. Technically it is an academically qualifying degree,...


  • Euro English

    I happened across this by chance the other day – a proposal to Euroify English. I think it’s absolutely brilliant! It is attributed to Dolton Edwards who wrote it some time in 194os, at the very beinning of the EU. (It’s first appearance was as the European Coal and Steel...


  • Freezing and Form Filling

    The fete de la musique is officially on 21 June but often takes place on the nearest weekend instead The fêtes continue. Saturday night I was helping the AIPB run the bar and then clear away at the Foiuilles de Vieilles Pierres at St Sylvain Bas le Roc. The bar...