• Packing And Preparing

    It’s the final countdown. There’s less than a week until Ruadhri’s rentrée (return to school) and we’re delivering Caiti to Uni at Bordeaux before then and Benj to Limoges just after. So the serious packing is now underway. We’re kitting Caiti out with a combination of new items from the...


  • Beauval Zoo, Busy But Brilliant

    We were at the zoo on Saturday. And not just any zoo but the Zooparc du Beauval, France’s largest zoo and the home to the country’s only pandas, Huan Huan and Yuang Zi. And yes, you may remember I’ve been less than flattering about pandas in the past, finding them...


  • Guess Where We’ve Been Today …

    A few photos to give you a clue … My three best photos (out of the 98 I took, but Caiti outdid me with 551). News about the trip tomorrow – too exhausted tonight!                    


  • Abonnement Hope

    It’s the abonnement – subscription – season. With the rentrée (return to school) comes the optimistic hope on the part of magazine publishers that you’ll be rash enough to sign yourself or your kids up to a year’s worth of one of their publications, plus an irresistible free gift of...


  • When Good Pigs Go Bad – And Another Huarizo!

    I’m exaggerating, but there’s been some minor scuffles amongst the pigs today. We brought Saddleback/Berkshire crosses Porky and Pine out of quarantine in the stables to join purebred Berkshires Portia and Rosamunde in the field today. At first they were all friendly – while there was food to distract them....