• Gite no more

    The last guests have left Amethyst Gite – the last ever. From today, Amethyst becomes our house! The big move across starts now. It’s going to take a couple of months to move everything. We have to relocate the front door of Amethyst (a previous owner bizarrely moved it from...


  • Bus o’clock

    Now that it’s term time, our lives are governed by school buses – la ramassage scolaire – again. Monday is the worst day. I have to get two teenagers, one of whom is as not a morning person as it’s possible to be, to their bus stop 10 km away...


  • Three to One

    All of a sudden we’ve gone from three children to one child. Well, from Mondays to Fridays anyway. It’s back to school, and Benj and Caiti are now at lycée in Gueret where they are ‘penisonnaires’ (boarders) in the internat. Benj has been there a year already, but it’s all...


  • Never underestimate la rentrée

    I thought I was ready for la rentrée – i.e. going back to school, a huge affair here in France. I bought Benjy’s books way back at the beginning of July at the book fair at his lycée, and got the few new ones we needed for Caiti (on top...


  • Free Food

    It’s the free food season here in France. The hedgerows are heavy with blackberries, apples and pears are beginning to fall from the trees, and there’s a huge crop of hazelnuts and sweet chestnuts this year, busily ripening away. We’re out at least once a day picking blackberries. With our...