• The grus flew by

    Cranes flying over our house on 17 November 2010 There are currently several tens of thousands of common cranes (grus) flying over France. A couple of thousand of those came over our house this afternoon. Every autumn, usually early November, they fly from northern Europe (Sweden, the Baltic Sea and...


  • Of Les Fragnes, or not of Les Fragnes?

    I’ve reluctantly decided not to go to my first alpaca show. I entered a couple of months ago, planning to take Plunkett to enter the class for Suri alpacas and also the fancy dress class. Brendan was coming along to keep him company in the fancy dress, and also to...


  • Stressed but blessed

    Oscar in the foreground, Ruadhri with Teggs in a basket on the right Yesterday saw the special animal blessing ceremony to mark St Francis of Assisi day at our local church in Nouzerines. Very few services take place there any  more sadly. We set off in good time with one...


  • Living off the land

    The season of fruitfulness continues – and we still haven’t got to the season of nutfulness yet! The blackberries have just about finished, the plums are almost past their best but the apples and pears are just coming into their own. Every day sees me chopping, peeling, stewing and jamming,...


  • Hedgerow bounty

    We’ve done a lot of cycling this holiday, particularly over the last ten days since we wound down the llama trekking for the summer. But the last few trips have been very slow. Are we all tired? Have we overdone the exercise? Do we need a quiet, restful day to...