• A Big Bag Bungle

    Living in a foreign language inevitably brings confusions and misunderstandings, and today we had our biggest one. 800 kg worth in fact! We buy blé (wheat) for the pigs and chickens in 25kg sacks, getting four or five at a time from a small feed store in nearby La Cellette....


  • Cranes and Clever Creatures

    It’s been a busy 24 hours for cranes. They’ve been migrating past in numerous skeins, always a fabulous sight even though it presages the start of winter with a vengeance. Whilst popping in and out yesterday evening to listen out for the next approaching wave of grues cendrées (grey European...


  • Llama Tram Drama

    It’s time to tell you about Serge le lama. Not Serge Lama, the French singer, but his four-legged camelid namesake who is currently far more popular. On Halloween night, five lads reeled out of a nightclub in Bordeaux and happened to pass a circus on their way home. And who did...


  • Blog in France Goes Swiss

    I’m always happy to hear from fellow expats anywhere in the world here at Blog in France. Today I’m delighted to welcome Paul Douglas Lovell as guest blogger to share his experiences with learning his new country’s language.     I have been living in Switzerland for 13 years and if a local...


  • Puy de Vache

    We had a recent outing to the volcanoes of the Auvergne. We’d been intending to go for ages but various obstacles kept presenting themselves. However, finally, the way was clear. So Chris, Caiti, Rors, Nessie the dog and I set off to climb the Puy de Vache. Quite near the start...