• Dark nights and panicking turkeys!

    Galloway Forest Park in Scotland has just been awarded the prestigious dark sky award by the International Dark Sky Association. Well, I reckon our sky deserves a medal too. Here in deepest, darkest Creuse, there is very little light pollution. Our night sky is pitch black and the stars are...


  • Remember in November

    Today is Armistice Day, 11th November. It’s a national holiday in France. We went down to the ceremony at the war memorial in Nouzerines – we go every year (and also in May to mark the end of the Second World War). It’s a short yet poignant ceremony. Today it...


  • November past and present

    I have just read through the November 1932 issue of La Prospérité à la Campagne and picked out the following to share with you: Some sayings: La Toussaint venue – plus de charrue _All Saint’s Day has come – no more ploughing. _ Autant d’heures de soleil le jour de...


  • Halloween

    Halloween is huge in the Dagg household. Coming from Ireland, like Halloween itself (Irish people fleeing to America during the Famine brought with them the tradition of having a knees-up on 31 October, the day summer was said to end – and the Americans loved the idea!), we celebrate it...


  • October sayings – and a bright future

    I know we’re halfway through October but it’s not too late to share some October sayings with you. These come from the 1932 and 1933 editions of La Prosperité à la campagne. Gelée d’octobre Rend le paysan sabre. (Frost in October makes the countryperson sad) Too true! Octobre en bruine...