• Mission Printemps – Spring Mission: Counting Worms

    This spring there’s a worm census going on in France. Urbanisation, intensive farming, pesticides and global warming – these are all having an effect on the French earthworm population. And since there hasn’t been a census to map their type and population density since the 1970s, scientists at the University...


  • French Chicks and Hairy Chests

    Eldest Son came home from Uni for a few days last week (it’s the winter holidays in our zone of France). I was slightly startled when one of his first questions to me was “What’s the best way to remove chest hair”? The alarm mainly came from the fact he...


  • Breakdown – or Beware the Third of March

    The third of March isn’t a good day for Daggs. Three years ago on this day Chris was bitten by a fox when he and Benj were trying to release it from a snare. We went to see the doctor who was convinced that Chris would have to go through...


  • Sunshiney Fun

    This spring weather is wonderful and we’ve made the most of it. This is hang-on from our fifteen years in Ireland, one of the more meteorologically challenged countries in the world! The moment there was a glimmer of sunshine, or even a break between rain showers, we’d drop everything and...


  • Blog In France – 400, And Just Warming Up

    Party time – 400th blog post today! Sadly I’m full of flu so not inclined for a knees-up, but please have one on my behalf. Thanks to you all for following me. I had my best month ever in February 2012 with just under 4,000 hits and that’s brilliant! Today’s...