• 7 Signs It’s Nearly La Rentrée

    You know it’s nearly la rentrée (the return to school) when… You’ve just got into the swing of the holidays. You get your allocation rentrée scolaire. This welcome payment to lower income families is a huge help when it comes to kitting out the kids for the year with the...


  • 7 and 700

    Today marks seven years since our arrival in France to stay, so it works out rather well that this is also my 700th post on this blog. We’d bought Les Fragnes at the end of June and spent a fortnight here, doing a few odds and ends around the place,...


  • How Many Pigs Make A Pig Farmer?

    I know I often refer to Les Fragnes as our farm, but technically it’s not. We’re a smallholding – albeit a very large one! Since we don’t sell anything we produce here on a significant scale – currently on no scale at all – we’re not farmers. Yesterday we had...


  • Birthday Pig

    Goodness, it’s been a hot birthday this year, but fun. Caiti gave me a birthday pig. Ok, only temporarily. Runtling – the smallest of Rosie’s ten – was soon back with her brothers and sisters. It’s a good job it was Runtling as I’m not sure I’d have managed a bigger piglet. He’s...


  • Too Much Yaourt aux Ananas

    Every country has its yuk flavour of yogurt – you know, the one no one actually wants but gets anyway in the multipacks that are sold in supermarkets. In Ireland it was rhubarb yogurt. Have you ever tried to get kids to eat that? Here in France it’s pineapple yogurt –...