• Marching On

    It looks like winter might finally be over. It’s been another long one, and our coldest and snowiest to date. We pretty much exhausted our wood supplies so it’s time to start building up a store for next year. However, a few more things to do first. We’re almost there...


  • The Free Press – French and English

    We’re lucky in Creuse in that we have not one, but two free English language papers to read each month. The first is Creuse News (www.creuse-news.eu), which is an A4 size magazine, printed in black and white. It’s the brainchild of Julia Dunbar and began in October 2007. It’s going...


  • Wise Words for March

    Here are some traditional French sayings from the 1932 and 1933 copies of La Prosperité à la Campagne magazine. Autant de brouillard en mars – autant de gel en avril There’ll be as much frost in April as there is fog in March. (A saying from the South-West) Autant de...


  • Get Plastered in France

    I’ve been painting and cutting plasterboard on and off for the last week now as we work on some ceilings. In our various renovations we’ve used vast quantities of plasterboard, and we haven’t finished yet. So I decided it was time I did some research on it. Plasterboard, plaque à...


  • Moles

    Moving to France as we did from mole-free Ireland, we were initially taken aback at the obvious national hatred of these little creatures that manifested itself in the large displays of mole eradication devices that we saw in every hardware shop. There were mole mashers, mole crushers, mole crunchers, mole...