• Creuse Masons

    [][1]In days gone by, Creuse, our départemente, was famous for its stonemasons. Every spring (traditionally when the swallows arrived), they headed up to Paris and to other cities in France to work on the buildings and monuments there. They didn’t come home till the end of autumn. So they had...


  • Berry Special Things

    The Echo du Berry comes out on a Thursday. It’s one of our local weekly papers, and probably the most popular. Everyone seems to read it. The Echo itself reckons it has around 60,000 readers for the 13,300 copies it sells each week (2010 figures). Since it covers an area...


  • Spring Things

    I’ve been out and about with the camera again today as the sunshine was back. I wanted to take some photos of some spring flowers. It’s a pity they’re all so short-lived – I’d love to have them blooming all year round. First some of my tulips. I’ve planted them...


  • Easter Sayings – Dictons de Pâques

    Flying bells are a French Easter tradition Here we are! A stupendous seasonal collection of 45 French sayings (dictons) about Easter. I’ve noticed that a lot of people are coming to my site via queries about Easter sayings and traditions. So I thought I’d see how many I could find...


  • Chasse d’oeufs – Easter Egg Hunt

    Yesterday, Sunday, it was the Chasse d’oeufs (Easter Egg Hunt) that Ruadhri’s school co-operative organises each year. Like the last two, it was another grey day, but it least it was dry. The venue this year was St Marien. The eggs had been hidden in the field behind the school,...