• Indispensable Indeed!

    Le pub (properly la publicité – promotional leaflets and booklets) still lands in our mailbox with a reverberating thud every week. Amongst the numerous rentrée (back to school) special offers and the usual assortment of fold-outable pictures of meat was a gardening catalogue from Bakker. And in that is this!...


  • A Tale of Two Budgies

    A few days ago, Chris spotted a blue budgie in a blackberry bush behind the barn. We all came to have a look as this was an unusual discovery. Ruadhri said he’d heard there were flocks of wild budgies in certain parts of France that do quite a lot of...


  • The Return of the Llama Freeloaders

    We thought we’d seen the last of them, the people who turn up (and always at the worst possible times) and “just want to see the llamas”. In our early days, the majority of these freeloaders were elderly locals who’d heard of the newly-arrived llamas and were determined to see...


  • Thunderstorms and Toblerone

    Crikey, a month since I lasted posted anything on my blog. Shame on me. And it’s not as though there hasn’t been anything to blog about. Au contraire – summer is the busiest time here with our gite and lakes. Which is probably the problem. That, and filling any spare...


  • Villemonteix Castle – Some Of It Anyway…

    So, les grandes vacances – the summer holidays – are here. And grandes is the word. Rors broke up on 4th July and he goes back to school on 3rd September! Two full months of no school. Pas mal. For us, the school holidays coincide with our busiest season since...