• Haphazard Hatching

    The unseasonably warm weather has been playing havoc with my birds. Instead of taking a month or so off laying over the late autumn/winter period, this time round all the females have been producing eggs, and I also currently have four brooding turkeys and three incubators in use. I also...


  • Limousin no more

    So, Limousin is no more. We went to bed last night as part of this old région, one of 22 in metropolitan France with another 5 overseas, and woke up in Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes. What a mouthful! There are now only 13 régions in metropolitan France since, amongst other mergers, Alsace and...


  • Maupuy

    #The bad mountain We don’t often start geocaching while the moon is still up, but this morning we had to take Benj to Gueret station to catch his train. He was back to uni today. It’s a shame to just drive there and back, and since it’s non-term-time (the closest...


  • Poultry

    #Poultry It’s been a poultry-filled few weeks. You may have twigged by now that I like my poultry. We have chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese here on the farm. We’ve had guinea fowl in the past but found these to be very fragile, not to mention noisy, so they’re no...


  • Christmas Markets

    Christmas Markets France is currently awash with Christmas markets – Marchés de Noël. Nearly every village and town has theirs over a day or weekend in their Salle Polyvalente while the cities have month-long ones spread over a square or several streets. The north of France is most famous for...