• Map of Literary French History

    Here’s something rather interesting – it’s a crowdsourced interactive map of France that allows you to discover quotations or descriptions about various destinations in the country by famous French writers. Zoom in to the area of France that you’re interested in on the Google map in and you’ll see little...


  • Cormorant Scarer/Cat Toy

    The cormorants have been particularly persistent this winter. They’ve been hanging around a lot of the time, despite a robust policy of regular scarings-off with waving arms, a barking dog and generally sudden noises and movements. Carp lake owners as a rule aren’t keen on having cormorants doing their winter...


  • Postcards: Tendrils of Friendship

    I found this in an edition of La Mode Illustrée from 1901. La Mode Illustrée was a fashion newspaper for women and someone who used to live here at Les Fragnes loved it. We have copies dating from the 1870s up to 1910 or so. They’d all been lovingly bundled...


  • French Magazine Serials 1907 and 1908 Style

    I shall be looking at a lot of the old magazines we inherited over the weeks to come, before either rehoming them or packing them away for any future owners of Les Fragnes. I told you about Micheline recently. I’ve since come across some more serialised novels. These came with...


  • Beware Blue Baling Twine

    Wherever you go in the French countryside you will see blue baling twine. Not too much languishing in ditches or otherwise littering the place, but lots along fences and across gateways, keeping cattle in. Cows are terrified of the stuff since it resembles the equally scary and much more painful...