• The Downside of School Holidays

    School holidays again – which means a lot of shopping. Groan. Since my two teens stay at lycée from Monday to Friday during term time (strikes permitting!), and Rors has four-course school dinners so doesn’t want much in the evenings, I only really have to shop for me and Chris...


  • Cracking ice-cream

    Making vanilla ice-cream Caiti’s birthday ice-cream maker is proving to be a great success. She’s already on the third batch of ice-cream and she’s only had it 24 hours! It’s very impressive. It’s a Phillips HR2304 ice-cream maker, to be technical. (What does the HR stand for, one wonders?) It...


  • Autobiographical ABC

    This is doing the rounds of blogs at the moment, so I thought I’d join in as it’s rather fun and present my own ABC. (There are another 7 ‘bet you never knew’ facts about me on my 100th blogiversary post!)   Age: 48 Bed Size: king Chore You Hate:...


  • Caitlín

    Caitlín (and yes that is an accent on the i – it’s called a foda in Irish and makes the letter long) is 17 today, the 17th. Apparently that’s called a champagne birthday, when your age matches your birth date. But Caiti doesn’t like fizzy drinks or alcohol so not...


  • Scary Fair

    There is nowhere to park in Boussac at the moment. An archaeological dig is going on by the church, there seems to be something happening at the exhibition halls, and the Scary Fair has filled the market place and central streets of the town. These are the main car parking...