• A Dymo Is A Girl’s Best Friend

    We had a Dymo label maker way back in the late 1960s. Do you remember them? Those clunky hand-held embossers that churned out a thin strip of plastic tape with raised letters on? Me, my brother and sister thought ours was the bees knees and went about labelling everything, including each...


  • The Secret Wacky Side to French People

    The French do have a wacky side, although they tend to keep it well hidden, on the whole. Here are two recent examples as proof for you cynics out there.   The 307 steps. I’m sure the competitors would have preferred 39! A week ago there was a Lighthouse Climbing...


  • Animal Antics

    It’s been an animal delivery-centred week here at Les Fragnes. On Tuesday five of our Berkshire piglets were rehomed to the Lot, where they’re going to be involved in recreating le cochon de Bauyeux by being crossed with the Normandy pig. The cochon de Bayeux was first produced in the...


  • Hedgerow Haul, but Where are the Wasps?

    It’s the gleaning season. We head off on our daily bike rides with rucksacks now and come back with either plums or apples from each one. And it’s a bumper season. Last year was very poor due to the secheresse (drought) on top of the diabolically cold winter, but this year...


  • Growing Up On The Farm

    Our assorted baby farm animals are growing up fast. Huarizos (llama/alpaca crosses) Setanta and Gabriel are undergoing halter training in readiness for heading off to their new homes next week. Rosie’s piglets, now two months old, are all sporting their ear tags now. Five of them are off to pastures...