• Happy Birthday

    We’ve had a baby explosion at Les Fragnes. Two litters of guinea pigs and one rabbits have been born in the last two days. And this morning Victoria the llama arrived. She is so named because today is Victory in Europe Day. We were about to set off to the...


  • A Difficult Birth

    Birth of an Association I witnessed the birth of an Association today. Like many births, it started out well enough but soon got complicated and painful! But I think that’s normal for France. The Maire of Nouzerines invited the commune’s residents to a meeting to establish an Asso to raise...


  • What’s in a Name?

    Several visitors to the farm have asked me what the ‘Fragnes’ in its name, ‘Les Fragnes’, stands for? And these visitors have been French! If they don’t know, then there’s not much hope for me. We had a theory that it might mean ‘hovel’ since there were two of them...


  • Springing Into Life

    Springing Into Life It’s well and truly spring here in Creuse. How do we know? Here are 11 sure signs: The cuckoos are calling fit to burst and all the birds are singing. Our nightingale is back. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard one, but it’s such a strange,...


  • Naked for the Sake of a Good Yarn

    The threat of nakedness is hanging over the animals at Les Fragnes. Why? Because I learnt to spin a week ago. Now I eye up every creature I see with a view to what sort of yarn I could spin from its fur/wool/hair. Everyone knows that llama and alpaca wool...