• Léon Détroy

    Not so long ago I blogged about our visit to Fresselines, where the well named moaning impressionist Monet hung out from time to time. And whined mainly. Another, less whingey artist who spent time there was Léon Détroy. There’s a plaque to prove it. Léon who you’re probably saying? Léon...


  • Brace Yourself

    My annoying shoulder and neck problems finally drove me – very reluctantly – to the doctor’s again. I came out with a truckload of drugs, letters for a rheumatologist (yikes), a prescription for 10 sessions of physio (I foresee pain) and a neck brace (collier cervical). My collier has come...


  • Surprising Language

    I wasn’t quite sure what to blog about today. There are always plenty of possible topics and I very efficiently (at least for me) keep a folder of clippings from papers and magazines that I can use if nothing topical is happening that would be more immediate to talk about....


  • Blue Monday – And I Don’t Mean The Pop Song

    January weather Monday 21st January is 2013’s Blue Monday, apparently the most depressing day of the year. It falls on the Monday of the last full week in January and is an example of pseudoscience at work. (There’s a fascinating and very informative post about pseudoscience here.)  There’s no actual...


  • Coping With The Cold

    Something resembling a Creuse hiver has settled over us and we’re in full winter mode. We’re living in the aptly named living room, the one room we keep warm all day. We make quick dashes to the cold kitchen to make meals to bring back, and we get dressed and...