• Pomologie

    At the open day at the arboretum at Sédelles that we visited recently, I picked up an intriguing leaflet about pomology (the science and study of apples). The sociéte pomologique du Berry was having a fête des pommes (Apple Fair) the last weekend in October. Well, you should know by...


  • How Sporty is France?

    It’s very easy to make sweeping generalisations about countries. Way back in 2nd or 3rd year of secondary school, our geography teacher assured us that all Danish people were bad-tempered because it was always windy in Denmark. I believed that firmly until Chris went off to work there for a year just after we were...


  • Porkabout OR A Pig Goes Walkabout

    Portia has been going walkabout. She’s escaped twice since yesterday teatime. Actually, ‘escape’ sounds very dramatic, conjuring up images of fleeing animals and hours of exhausting chasing on our part across the Creuse countryside. When our animals get out of their fields, or slip off their tethers, they potter about happily, generally ending...


  • Autumn Glory: L’Aroboretum de la Sédelle

    What better way to start the two-week Toussaint half-term holidays than with an outing. We’re long overdue one. We all seem to have had our noses to the grindstone without a break for ages now. So it was timely that the Arboretum de la Sédelles was having a special weekend...


  • Licensed to Drive

      My dossier – and be grateful I’ve spared you the flacon d’urine. Apologies for the blurriness, my hand was tired after filling all those forms in! I think I’ve jumped through enough hoops now to get my permis de conduire. At least, I hope I have. All the paperwork,...