• Electric Gardening

    I often leaf through the some of the old magazines we inherited when we bought Les Fragnes. La Prosperité à la Campagne is one of my favourites. We have issues dating from 1932 and 1933. In the July 1932 issue, I came across an article on electroculture – electric gardening...


  • Polytunnel Update

    Look at my polytunnel now! It wasn’t even that windy! And we positioned the tunnel next to the barn for extra protection. We wired the tunnel framework to two very heavy iron bars. They held it down fine, but the flimsy metal framework sheared or bent at all the joints....


  • April Sayings and Easter Traditions

    Here are some old country sayings for April, taken from the 1932 and 1933 editions of La Prosperité à la Campagne. Avril froid donne pain et vin – April doux est le pire de tous. A cold April gives bread and wine – Mild April is the curse of all....


  • A Collective Noun for Bloggers

    A lot of people blog in France. Blogs are brilliant – each on a is a unique slice of life, and each one is fascnating. If it’s particularly slices of French life you’re after, then start your search for more blogs to enjoy – apart from this one of course!...


  • Polytunnels and potatoes

    We put our polytunnel up Monday afternoon. Given the number of bits of framework and the unhelpfulness of the instructions, we did it surprisingly quickly. We’ve chosen a south-facing spot behind the barn. It’s in the girls’ field (the ‘girls’ being our female llamas). They’re delighted. They had a very...