• Bare cupboards

    We’ve been snowed in for a week now. The kids are convinced our food is running out. True, Caiti is out of ice tea, Benj has noticed there are just a few yogurts left in the fridge and Ruadhri’s chocolate breakfast cereal is dwindling fast. But it will be a...


  • Frozen solid

    [][1]The temperature hasn’t gone above minus 5 for four days now. It’s certainly the longest cold snap we’ve had, although not the snowiest. (That was January 2007.) And we’ve had problems. Our pipes froze on Friday night so on Saturday Chris was hacking holes in the plasterboard to locate the...


  • Llamaless fields

    For the first time in a long, long time there are no llamas or alpacas to be seen in the fields of Les Fragnes. They’re all indoors since we’re experiencing the worst winter weather we’ve had since we got here. Even the girls who can come and go as they...


  • Green lanes

    There are a lot of green lanes in this part of France. By green lane, I mean a grassy track that goes between fields or through woods and is a public right of way. Sometimes these follow long-disappeared railway lines, as in the case of a lovely walk near St...


  • January

    January is here  – and here are some sayings for the month taken from the 1932 and 1933 issues of La Prosperite a la Campagne. My favourite is definitely the wolf on the compost heap one! Si le jour des Rois est clair, il y aura deux hivers. If the...