• How To Baptise A Windturbine: Baptême d’une Éolienne

    I have just returned from a baptism. A windturbine’s baptism, no less! I’ve blogged about our local éoliennes several times. We have nine relatively near us in and around Bussière St Georges and St Marien. We can see a couple of them from the garden in the distance. Anyway, we’re...


  • Six Years At Les Fragnes

    It’s the sixth anniversary of us buying Les Fragnes today. Already! We’ve come a long way since then but there’s still plenty left to do and I can’t see life becoming dull in the immediate future. Here’s my account of the momentous day from Heads Above Water, my book about...


  • Summer, Soldes and Cooking Grannies

    It’s 29 degrees today so I think we definitely say summer is here. The pigs are lying in mud wallows, the llamas are hiding from the sun in the woodshed and the poultry are stretched out in the shade, with their wings extended to cool down. But I already knew...


  • Kitties versus Solar Oven

    No longer weighed down by Bac Blancs (mock exams), revision and the Baccalaureat itself, Caiti is back to her usual creative self. Yesterday she rustled up a solar oven. Just like that!   Already showing some cat damage :-( These are clever devices and very practical. They use sunlight to...


  • No More Vexatious Veluxes: How To Make Your Own Inexpensive Blinds For Skylights

    Velux windows – skylights – are a handy sort of window. They slot into a roof relatively easily. We have plenty of them in our house and the gîte – well, the hardware store’s cheaper version of them, anyway. But fitting blinds for them is nothing like so handy. You...