• Nettle Tea And No Piglets!

    Our two-day bank holiday fest hasn’t quite gone to plan. First up the weather was bank holidayish. We have had a few gorgeous days but the rain and greyness came back especially. But we still got out for bike rides, walks and did some gardening. We were sure our menagerie would...


  • Parties and Public Holidays

    This week is party week. It got off to a good start on Saturday with World Naked Gardening Day that I always participate in. It’s all about feeling close to nature and engendering a healthy attitude to bodies and the natural environment. Plus it’s a bit of fun.  It was nice and warm this...


  • Tiger, Tiger, Please Don’t Bite

    Tiger mosquitoes are the latest nasty to have invaded France, hot on the heels of Asian ladybirds and hornets. These particular critters can carry dengue fever and chikungunya. I’m not entirely sure what those are, but they sound very unpleasant and can apparently leave you with aches and pains that...


  • Edible Gifts

    It’s good to be back. Apologies for the long absence but my old laptop died, the replacement was delayed and it took a day or so to get the new one up and running. I’m struggling with Windows 8, to put it mildly. I’ll be happily working away on a...


  • Becoming a Statistic: Bike Theft in France

    Here’s a pic I found on the Net of a bike the same as Caiti’s. Not hers though – we never let ours in the house! Poor Caiti has become a statistic. To be precise her bike has. She went to the locked bike shed on campus (accessible with the...