• Seedy for 270 Years

    It’s the time of year to be buying in seeds for the year’s fruit and veggies. After last year’s glut of indigestible aubergines, we’re giving them a wide berth for 2014 and getting in seeds for the usual suspects – tomatoes, lettuces, peppers of different potencies, carrots, herbs and so...


  • Lurgey Lundi

    Neither Literary Lundi nor a rerun of Llama Lundi for you this lundi (Monday) but Lurgey Lundi. It was the Goons that came up with ‘the dreaded lurgey’ as a type of disease and lurgey has firmly been in the vocabulary since then. And since it’s nicely alliterative, I’ll use...


  • Llama Lundi

    Yes, I know it should be Literary Lundi but Chris made this wonderful film of our llamas yesterday that I have to share with you.  Plus we’ve had Ruadhri home poorly for a week now and the rest of us have all had vague versions of what he’s got so...


  • Ragondins in France OR Coypus Aren’t Cute And Why Are They Here Anyway?

    If you’ve been to France, the chances are you’ve caught glimpses of beaver-like animals swimming in lakes or rivers, or grazing on banks or roadsides. These are ragondins, or coypus, or nutria. They have a variety of names so take your pick. They’re not native to France so why are...


  • Grumbles Amongst The Graphic Novels

    The 41st Graphic Novel Festival starts today at Angoulême. I’ve wondered about going several times but it’s quite a drive, plus I’m not a particular bande dessinée (BD) fan. Ruadhri is – he’s accro to them as they say here (accro = short for accroché i.e. hooked on) but he’s...