• To Elastrate, Or Not To Elastrate…

    I haven’t forgotten about this blog, honestly. I’ve been waiting for the piglets, certain that every day they’ll arrive at some point and make for a very interesting blog full of cute photos. However, Rosie is steadfastly refusing to give birth and even the guinea pigs have contained themselves this...


  • Thunder-Free Fête

    It was the village fete last weekend, and amazingly it didn’t pour with rain. Good old St Clair was smiling on us in 2013. We’ve had disastrous thunderstorms this first weekend in June the last few years. Admittedly, Saturday was a little damp and when Benj and I went for...


  • Piglets – Just Not the Right Sort!

    You’re probably aware that we’re impatiently waiting for our first litter of Berkshire pigs to arrive. We’ve been told we’re probably in the last week or her pregnancy now, so let’s hope so. It’s been a very long wait! But we’ve had some other piglets born – guinea-piglets. Two litters...


  • New French Words

    The 2014 editions of Le Petit Larousse and Le Petit Robert will be coming out in early June and here are a few of the new words you’ll find in them. chelou: this is the verlan (French slang that reverses the two halves of a word) for louche = shifty,...


  • Les enfants tweetent – Twitter in French schools

    The first Tweet was sent on 21 March 2006 and now there are more than 500 million Twitter accounts in existence. Probably only about half of these are actually used regularly, but that’s still a pretty impressive figure. Around 2.3 million of these belong to French people. Every minute, across...