• Sausage Blog

    We’ve been looking forward to making our first batch of homemade sausages and at last the collagen sausage skins arrived, thanks to eBay. We could, of course, have manufactured our own sausage skins by using a certain part of the pig’s anatomy but neither of us fancied emptying it and...


  • Science And Calculating Cats

    The annual Fête de la Science is taking place at the moment (10th till 14th October), but sadly not in Creuse. There isn’t a single event, which is pretty pathetic. A few years ago there was a great do in Guéret that I took Rors out of school to visit...


  • Centimeless Students

    Talk about being at the right place at the right time. I was in the bank on Friday afternoon, sorting out something to do with a savings account, when my advisor, Julie, busy on the computer, said she’d just had an email saying that our Benj was overdrawn. Now, overdrawing...


  • Brilliant Bleus de Travail

    Chris and I have been wearing our bleus de travail a lot recently. Our what? Our bright blue, tough cotton jackets that you see many workpeople wearing in France. It’s a distinguishing feature of the nation. We don’t have the matching trousers yet. We really only bought the jackets to...


  • Food Glorious Food

    It’s all about food at the moment here at Les Fragnes. Chris has just finished home-butchering our first home-grown-on weaner, and we’re over 50 kg of pork better off. Most of this is bagged up in the freezer, but the two legs are being cured in different ways, and Chris...