• Table manners

    There’s a lot of advice on the web about table manners in France, many of them implying there’s a lot of formality. Possibly that’s true, I guess I just don’t move in those circles! My own experience has been much more of informality, particularly for the kids. Now, in Ireland,...


  • Fish and chips

    Back at my blog after an outing. Chris and I were away a whole 30 hours, our first time leaving the farm together, and our first child-free outing since Caiti was small! We went to Mayenne, to another Angling Lines fishing holiday venue, Oakview Lake, run by Martin and Shirley...


  • In my absence, a good book to read

    I’m not here! Hopefully this post has appeared as if by magic in my blog – it was scheduled to. Let’s hope it worked. Chris and I have abandoned the farm and the family for a night away and a morning doing something very interesting, which I’ll tell you about...


  • A long shot

    I’m the odd one out in the family in that I’m the only non-shooter. The other four are all members of the Ste Sevère Fédération de Tir (shooting club). Ruadhri, who’s 9, started going at the end of last year. I won’t be joining them. I’m not scared of firing...


  • Can’t see the point

    In an earlier post (http://www.bloginfrance.com/2010/a-difficult-birth/), I talked about the work which was about to start on the 12th century church, St Clair’s, in Nouzerines. The bell tower was in urgent need of restoring, as were the frescoes inside and the gargoyles. St Clair’s will be getting a ‘paratonnerre’ – a...