• August begins

    Scarily it’s the first of August today. It’s scary because we’re nearly two-thirds through the year now, and there are a lot of things still on my to-do list! It’s scary as it means we now just about halfway through the school holidays, and we haven’t given a thought to...


  • A berry good summer

    Blueberries are usually associated with the USA, but they are a very important crop in France, where they are called myrtilles. And as well as being a rich source of antioxidants, they’re a source of income in this household. Eldest son Benj picks, but this year mainly packs, blueberries during...


  • Le Tour

    The Tour de France finished yesterday and we’re bereft! Every night we’ve been watching an hour-long highlights programme on ITV4. It wasn’t the most fantastic coverage, as it tends to focus in on the last ten kilometres or so which it showed in one go, rather than show snippets of...


  • Le petit déjeuner

    The French really know how to do breakfasts. They manage to get huge amounts of chocolate into it. The majority of breakfast cereals on the shelf in the supermarket have chocolate in them. Our favourite has three different sorts! Hot chocolate is the thing to drink first thing in the...


  • All hail

    Twice in the last few weeks we’ve had a ferocious hailstorm. The most recent one was the worst. I was convinced the skylights were going to break. The noise was incredible. Once the worst was over, we went outside to check the llamas, and found ourselves crunching over walnut sized...