• New In French Schools: La Charte de la Laïcité

    Church and state divided in 1905 in France Something new in French education this year is La Charte de la Laïcité – Declaration of Secularity. It takes the form of a rather unimposing A4, laminated poster that all state schools (from primary to lycée) have to display. Collège in Boussac...


  • Growing Pains

    Poor Rors seems to be suffering at the moment. He often has a stiff this or a sore that. He puts on a sad face and comes up for sympathy. You think he’d know us well enough by now to realise we aren’t going to rush him off to hospital...


  • Eglise de Bussière St Georges: A Rare Glimpse into Bussière St Georges’ Church

    This weekend sees the annual Journées Européennes du Patrimoine and on one of our recent bike rides, Chris and I saw a notice up outside the old church in nearby Bussière St Georges saying that it would be open to the public both days. Well, we’ve lived here seven years...


  • Tour de France Souvenir Stamps

    I’m a bit behind the times with this but I hadn’t seen or heard of them until today, and I regularly go into the post office in Boussac. Today, proudly on display, was this set of Tour de France stamps in a smart Perspex stand. The only set, because when...


  • Bordeaux, With A Little Extra Luxury This Year

    It’s a bit of shame we chose the two hottest days for quite a while to take Caiti back to Bordeaux! But that’s life. We’d seen Rors onto the school bus on the first day of term so it was time to get Caiti packed off too. She was due...