• Midnight Ramblings

    I’m having a bad night. It’s nearly 3am and I’ve been trying to get to sleep for four hours. Even listening to ‘Yesterday in Parliament’ on Radio 4 LW didn’t do the trick today, which shows how bad things are! Since midnight I’ve read four chapters of Bryce Corbett’s ‘A...


  • Europe Day

    May 9th is Europe Day. Did you know? The day is intended to be an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe. And to make matters complicated (beginning to sound more European now), there are two separate Europe Days: one on 5th May for the Council of Europe, and...


  • Victory and Victoria

    Today, 8th May, is Victory in Europe Day – and also our llama Victoria’s birthday. (Hence her name.) Possibly you recall her dramatic delivery. Mum and baby meet She’s one year old today. She’s not fully grown yet – she has another six months or so to go. Vicky’s quite...


  • Search Me

    I’ve been keeping a note of search terms used to get to my blog for about a month now, out of curiosity. A few puzzling ones have cropped up. I’m not sure how someone looking for ‘chocolate French blog’ ended up at www.bloginfrance.com, but they were very welcome. Also baffling...


  • Shrike A Light!

    Ruadhri and I joined SEPOL for 2011 – SEPOL being the Société pour l’Etude et la Protection des Oiseaux en Limousin. We got a letter today telling us about a survey aiming to determine how many of two different species of bird there are in France. The birds in question...