• Mind your PQs – or why French toilet paper is pink!

    This question popped up in my brain the other day as I was doing the weekly shop in the supermarket. There were a few packets of white toilet rolls, but all the rest were pink. And, if you’ve been to France, you’ll know that it’s not a particularly nice shade...


  • Eating llamas

    Now, I’d always been under the impression that you couldn’t eat llama meat in France. I was told that on good authority. But I was doing some research yesterday – not, I hasten to add, because I want to eat either Gabby, Windy, Katrina, Lulin, Vicky, Georgie, Mellie, Ciara, Plunkett,...


  • Tome Raider

    There’s a lot happening in the book world in France at the moment. Next week sees the Salon du Livre in Paris, France’s equivalent of the London Book Fair that I have been to several times. I’m sorely tempted to go. It runs from 18th to 21st March at Paris...


  • Back to school – let’s get cooking

    Back to school today after two weeks’ holiday. It wasn’t a great fortnight – the weather was grim for the first twelve days of it, and there’s very little going on. However, the kids kept busy, and the time passed pleasantly enough. Benj mainly revised for his Bac Blanc exams...


  • Making friends in France – Amitiés Internationales du Pays de Boussac

    It’s taken nearly five years, but now most of the major renovation work has been done, and Chris and I have spare energy to start having a life outside Les Fragnes. It’s time to start giving back. I’ve been on the ‘bureau’ of the informal parents’ associations for the co-operative...