• How Galling

      Every summer and autumn these growths start appearing on the wild rose bushes around our lakes. And finally, I have got round to looking up what they are. Only taken seven years! And the answer is – Robin’s pincushion galls. Or rose bedeguar gall. Or moss gall. It appears...


  • Food Or Fibre – Wool Week versus Semaine du Goût

    It’s a celebratory week from 14th to 20th October. Quite enthusiastically in the UK, but less so in other parts of Europe, Wool Week is underway. In France there’s a lot more emphasis on Semaine du Goût – no surprise there. However, it depends a lot on where you live....


  • Eat More Eggs!

    It’s World Egg Day today, Friday 11th October. Bet you didn’t know that. So what’s it all about? According to thinkegg.com, it’s to get us to enjoy the versatility and deliciousness of eggs. In other words – to eat more eggs. Seeing as around 750 billion eggs are consumed each year in...


  • Sure Signs It’s Autumn

    It’s definitely autumn at Les Fragnes. Here are the signs: The wood is stacked and ready… …and, since this morning, being burned. It’s cool and damp so that means happy pigs with lovely soft ground to get muddy in! But not happy turkeys. They seem a little wary. And well...


  • Louis Philippe Furniture

    The trouble with owning a gite is that you put so much time and effort into keeping that sparkling clean and in top notch condition that you run out of energy when it comes to your own home. It tends to get a little forgotten about. However, now that the holiday...