• To eat – or not to eat

    Every year there is a fête de champignons in Boussac. The French don’t differentiate between mushrooms and toadstools the way we do – they call everything a champignon. But some you can eat, and some you can’t. Today’s fête had around 140 different champignons on display. They ranged from ‘bon...


  • Prayers for pets

    Two of our animals went to church this morning. There was a special animal blessing ceremony to celebrate St Francis’s day at Nouzerines. We set off with Seamus and Brendan the alpacas, and also Archer the guinea-pig in a wastepaper basket. But we were a bit late, the alpacas weren’t...


  • Sick of sick notes

    A frustrating morning. Ruadhri has been sick all week with a very bad cold that has left him tired. So he’s been off school, obviously. Anyway, his teacher phoned me up today and quoted at great length from French law (which I really did NOT appreciate) to inform me that...


  • Autumn

    We’re past the equinox, so it’s downhill all the way till the longest day in December. But we’re still having some wonderful weather – tee-shirts and shorts again. What a climate! However, we’re all too aware what’s in store so we’ve been busily building up our wood supply. Chris is...


  • Alpaca update

    A few words about our alpacas. Amélie has gone back to her old home to be bred with Gandalf again. She was pregnant when we bought her in June, but sadly she lost the baby the next day, probably due to the stress of the journey. It was a shame...