• Lost Property: Objets Perdus

    Pic from Helix website We’re slowly going through Ruadhri’s school bag. I’ve already uncovered a few things that he claimed he’d lost during the year – his compasses being just one example. Apparently he found it at the very back of his under-desk cubby hole when he was emptying it...


  • Météorites – French Meteorites

    The 5.2 kg Draveil météorite Every year around ten meteorites land on France, but only one in a hundred of these ever gets found. One of the most recent ones to be discovered thunked down nearly a year ago on 13th July 2011. A postman saw a big lump of...


  • More French Words Than Ever!

    Bad luck if you’re struggling to learn French. There are even more words to learn than ever now! The 2012 edition of the Larousse dictionary has 32 more pages of words than the last one. Here are some of them: Astromobile (buggy for travel on another planet); Papy-boomeur (baby boomer);...


  • Hip, Hip Huarizo, It’s Holiday Time!

    School has finished for Rors at last so all three kids are on holiday now. And les grandes vacances got off to an exciting start with the arrival last night of huarizo (llama/alpaca cross) number three. Lulin gave birth to Setanta at about 9.30pm, which is uncharacteristically late for a...


  • From Russia With Lots To Say! Guest Post from Grigory Ryzhakov

    By definition and default expats are interesting people. How can someone who has moved to another country, another culture and frequently another language not be? Today I’m delighted to introduce you to an even-more-interesting-than-usual expat, Grigory Ryzhakov. Our paths crossed when I edited Grigory’s very original novella Usher Syndrome which...