• Blowing the cobwebs away

    We’ve been cooped up for too long with the wretched flu and its aftermath, so it was wonderful today to finally get out for an outing. We were suffering from geocaching withdrawal so Chris tracked us down a nice trail of 10 caches in a forest near Montluçon – the...


  • CAF-astrophe

    For the second time in two years CAF (Caisse Allocations Familiales) has sent me a form to fill in, saying that I need to renew my droit de séjour – right to stay – in France, and asking for details about my working status and proof that my cotisations (social...


  • First Aid

    Gestes qui Sauvent: French First Aid This month in France sees free introductory First Aid courses going on throughout the country. Following the nightmare events of 13 November last year in Paris, a lot of people contacted their Préfectures or local First Aid organisations to ask about training, realising that...


  • A Few Facts and Figures

    A Few Facts and Figures For the first time since 1969 life expectancy in France has dropped – by five months for women to 85 years, and by three months for men to 78.9 years. These are INSEE’s figures for 2015. However, overall France is still near the top of...


  • Writing is Good for your Health

    It’s official – writing is good for you. Well, it seems to be good for me, anyway. Last week Chris and I made a fortunately rare visit to the doctor’s. It was time for a bit of medical prodding and poking to make sure this, that and the other are...