• Bernard (the llama formerly know as Alex de Garenne)

    A short goodbye to Bernard, our black llama, who died today. He was 16 which is good going for a llama, and had been noticeably looking old for over a year. He was one of the first batch of llamas we bought in 2006 from Bernard Morestin. He was a...


  • Why learning French is better than sex!

    1.       You don’t have to hide your French language magazines from your partner. 2.       You won’t go blind if you learn French by yourself. 3.       You can learn French in front of the children. 4.       You won’t catch a disease learning French. 5.       It’s quite acceptable to pay someone to...


  • Log Blog

    January is all about keeping warm in chilly Creuse. This year’s winter started earlier than usual, but hasn’t been too bad overall. However, another cold spell is looming and our woodpile is a bit on the small side now. Two cordes didn’t go as far as we thought. (A corde...


  • Write back where I belong

    Well, I’m writing again. No, I don’t mean this blog (although obviously I am writing it) – I mean books. I’ve had quite a long break from it. My last books were published in Ireland in 2005, bringing my total to 31. (My first came out in 1998.) I’ve only...


  • Firefighters versus Posties!

    It’s the battle of the calendars. France is the land of calendars (I’ve blogged about this before on my other blog www.bloginfrance.com) and the most important two are the Sapeurs- Pompiers calendar and the Post Office calendar. These are brought round by members of the relevant profession and you give...