• A New Breed of Pioneer Women

    Today I’m delighted to host a guest post from author Liese Sherwood-Fabre, an author and expat. I almost said ‘previous exptat’ or ‘one-time expat’ there, since Liese is back home in her native country now, but then it struck me that once you’re an expat, you’re always an expat. Living...


  • Festival du Nouveau Mot OR How To Make Up French!

    As an expat, I often make up French words. The word I need totally escapes me, generally because of a modicum of stress induced by trying to not appear a bumbling dimwit in front of one of the kids’ teachers or the bank manager or someone equally authoritative. There seems...


  • Holiday Geocaching, Film-Going And Sausage-Making

    Winter briefly abated for a few days and we were back to bright sunshine, although it was still pretty nippy. So we made the most of the good weather coinciding with the school and university holidays to do a spot of geocaching. A quick snack before we start We started...


  • Happy Halloween!

    Happy Halloween! We always have a bit of a party, what with our Irish connections. Samhuin was a big celebration for the Celts as it marked the end of summer. It was a last knees-up before the dark and cold of winter. In Creuse we can fully sympathise with that...


  • Nearly Halloween

    Our internet connection is diabolical tonight so a quick post will have to do. I can’t get my longer one with several photos to load up before everything times out. So instead here’s an unusual, last minute Halloween decoration to make. A paperback pumpkin. It’s the best thing to do...