• Carting A Cartable About

    Clipartpal Ruadhri’s school rucksack, cartable, is worryingly heavy. Collège textbooks are all on the chunky side, and add to those classeurs (files), cahiers (exercise books) and a well filled trousse (pencil case) and there’s a lot of weight there. Rors has been allocated a locker (casier) at school to use...


  • A Boorish Berkshire Boar OR Oberon’s New Abode

    Last month, you may remember, we moved our Berkshire boar Oberon to his own field to separate him from the sows, Rosamunde and Portia. He got the hump for several days and ate the super pig house Chris had made for him out of insulation boards. Here’s what’s left of...


  • Guest Post From A Gutsy Writer: Sonia Marsh

    Sonia Marsh I’m always happy to welcome guests on my blog, especially if there’s an expat, French or writing connection. Today we have all three as Sonia Marsh has spent a lot of time as an expat, including in France, and has recently self-published her account of her eye-opening and...


  • Peach Recipes Please, Plus A Silly Kitty

    Help! Half our haul We have about 20 kg of freshly gleaned peaches to use up fairly quickly so I would be very grateful for any peach recipes you may have, especially ones that use a LOT of peaches. I’ve already made some peach flapjack and stewed a few batches...


  • From Bordeaux To Blue String

    A Bordeaux souvenir - my Auchan shopping bag I’ve done a lot of driving in the past few days to and from Bordeaux, calling in at Limoges on the way back to leave some vital stuff eldest son had forgotten to take with him to Uni. It reminded me of...