• Le Viandier – Or, How To Cook A Hedgehog

    Le Viandier Yesterday Chris picked 10 kg of tomatoes from the polytunnel and today we gleaned 12 kg of wayside apples. So I need to start looking up recipes using these ingredients. Fortunately I’ve found one for tomato and apple chutney, which, since I love chutney, is great. I also...


  • Which Farm Animal Is The Thirstiest?

    The temperatures have soared again and it’s back to watering the animals every couple of hours again. But which of our animals is the thirstiest? Despite drinking more than usual at the moment, since we have five lactating mothers in the herd, the llamas are the lowest consumers on a...


  • Comment? OR Surreal Phone Calls!

    Photo by Petr Kratochvil This afternoon I had my first surreal phone call for quite a long while. Surreal phone calls are a standard part of expat life when you’re in a country whose native tongue isn’t yours. I answered the phone and was immediately subject to a minute or...


  • Degrévement – Nothing To Do With Strikes

    Result of the secheresse - our brown lawn Normally it’s not good to get unexpected letters from the tax office in any country, but today was the exception. We received a letter notifiying us about a dégrèvement we’ve been allocated. Now, as you may know, and certainly anyone living in...


  • Healthy Sheep i.e. Lambo and his Ladies!

    Not long ago my four sheep were tested for prophylaxie ovine (brucellosis). It’s nasty and infectious, and generally a Bad Thing. The testing is compulsory and has to be carried out every five years, the actual years depending on your département. For Creuse, it was this year. So we made...