• The Tricolor—Vive la France!

    Today I’m delighted to host a guest post from Francophile American author Barbara Peacock whose novel A Tainted Dawn: The Great War (1792-1815) Book I is a must-read for anyone interested in French history. I’ll be reviewing it soon on my www.booksarecool.com website. I visited Barbara’s website and worriedly told...


  • Autumn Colours

    This has to be the best November weather-wise we’ve experienced in our six and a bit years in France. It was tee-shirt weather today. Chris was out and about so Rors and I made the most of his afternoon off school to go for a nice colourful autumn walk around...


  • Geocache Crazy

    Some caches have stamps in for fun! We’ve had a bit of a geocaching fest this last week. Rors has been at home on holiday and the weather’s been relatively dry so we’ve made an effort to do something fun with him for a few hours every day before we...


  • Nutty Nutella Tax

    Let's hope World Nutella Day keeps going! In January we had the fuzzy logic of the fizzy drinks tax to contend with here in France. And now, in November, we have the nutty Nutella Tax. The French Senate looks set to pass a law that will levy hefty additional taxes...


  • Cat-ash-tree-phe: France’s Frênes In Danger

    First signs of the disease The dreaded ash tree disease – Chalara ash dieback – which is wreaking havoc in northern Europe has reached France. The microscopic deadly fungus chalara fraxinia (chalarose) has been found on leaves of ash trees in the north-east of the country. This really is a...