• Remembrance

    Remember It’s Armistice Day, a public holiday in France. We always go down to the memorial service in Nouzerines. It doesn’t seem much of an ask to give up part of a morning to remember all those who died in the First World War. There wasn’t the biggest crowd, but...


  • Ladepeyre

    We’ve been on several geocaching trips lately to interesting places. One of these was to the small village of Ladapeyre, which we pass through quite frequently as it’s on the way to Guéret, our nearest large town and nest of fonctionnaires. As with so many places in rural France, there...


  • Sloe-ly Does It

    It’s the gleaning season. Hedgerows, trees and verges are currently festooned with free food – the main ones being apples, pears, quinces, walnuts, hazelnuts and sloes. There are plenty of mushrooms and toadstools out too, and wherever you go, you’ll see an old man or woman pottering along with a...


  • Starry Starry Night – If Only You Could See It

    I’d planned to blog about vegetables, since last weekend we went to a rather nice exhibition about vegetables at nearby Bétête, but I’ll save that for another post as I’ve just discovered that tomorrow night, October 10th, is the 7th Jour de la Nuit – Day of the Night – in France. However,...


  • Lavaufranche Commanderie: A Commanding Slice Of History

    Every September there’s a Patrimoine – local history – weekend in France. Monuments and museums are open to the public, usually for free, so it’s a great time to go and discover something new. Yesterday Chris and I visited the Commanderie at Lavaufranche. This historic building, which is as commanding...