• Bordeaux Zoo OR White Tigers In A Housing Estate

    For such a big city, Bordeaux has a very small zoo in the middle of a housing estate, but it’s pretty impressive nonetheless. See what I mean about the zoo being surrounded by houses! Like Beauval that we’ve visited a few times now, this zoo has a fondness for white...


  • Getting Festive (And Bruised) In Bordeaux

    I’m down in Bordeaux this weekend. Since Caiti will be in the frozen wastes of Canada rather than the mild, mosquitoey flatlands of Aquitaine next academic year, this is my only chance to see the Christmas lights and market of Bordeaux. Lovely as they are, Boussac’s Christmas moustaches are on...


  • The Ecotaxe Is Already Taxing Our Patience!

    Gigi decided to sit in one of the shopping bags as we were getting ready to go! It was food shopping day today, ugh. Not something I look forward to particularly, but tough, because it has to be done. Our current favourite hypermarché is the new LeClerc at Montluçon, so...


  • Hunkering Down

    I’m aware I’ve been rather quiet this last week, but it’s been hunkering down weather. Winter has swept in with a vengeance into Creuse. We’ve had snow and icy north winds so we’ve been concentrating on keeping ourselves and the animals warm. The grues (cranes) have been taking advantage of...


  • Cow Fest, Cranes and a Greedy Cat

    This weekend saw the great Cow Fest in Boussac. Every November there’s a big Charollais cattle reproducteurs show. You get to see rows and rows of spotless, coiffured bulls and cows ranging from huge to ginormous in size. There are also Charollais sheep and an assortment of hens, turkeys, pigeons...