• October – Jam, Ham and Fishing for Medlars

    October has got off to a good start. The weather is still sunny but it’s getting chilly. We had hoped to hold off having a fire until October, but a couple of days ago it was just too nippy in the living room at 6.30 am, so Chris cracked. Out...


  • Fruit And Fruitcake Policies: Damsons And Endangered Autoentrepreneurs

    I was going to blog about my awesome new piece of kit. You know how every now and again you but something that makes you think “Why on earth didn’t I get this years ago?”, well, that’s just happened to me. Having gleaned a vast quantity of damsons from the...


  • An Unconventional Girl In Greece: Guest Post from Rebecca Hall

    _Time to hand over the reins again to another energetic and extraordinary expat. Meet Rebecca, who loves living in Greece. I’ve never been there, but I’m rather wishing I had now.  Over to my guest. _   I’d never been one to stick at anything for too long.  A voracious...


  • Wood Is Good

    I blog about wooding every year, not because I can’t think of anything else to blog about, but because it is such a huge feature of rural French life. Like us, most country people rely on wood as the main source of fuel, and with winters like you get in...


  • Oh Là Lapins !

    Photo by Petr Kratochvil France is about to export 15,000 lapins (rabbits) to China. To be precise, 15,ooo pregnant female rabbits. They are heading for a rabbit farm in Chongqing in the centre of China and the idea is that they will help the Chinese feed its growing population. In...