• JPO

    It’s the JPO season at French universities. JPO is the abbreviation for journée portes ouvertes, which means ‘day of open doors’ i.e. open day. Yesterday we took Ruadhri down to visit the science faculty at Limoges University (Unilim), since that’s where he hopes to start his studies in September. The...


  • Reroofing the Barn

    We’ve just had a section of the barn roof redone. It’s a job we’d been putting off in the hopes that a military jet would fly a bit too low (they already fly so low over Creuse on some of their exercises that you can see the whites of their...


  • Candlemas

    Candlemas, 2 February, is fast approaching. Candlemas falls forty days after Christmas, and is a religious festival that celebrates Mary’s purification and the presentation of Jesus in the temple. Because Jesus has often been referred to as ‘the Light of the world’, then somewhere along the way he became associated...


  • Le grand debat national

    Le Grand Débat National – the big national debate – has got underway in France to gather ideas from the French people for the country’s future. It got off to a bad start when the person organising it, Chantal Jouanno, resigned after criticisms of her €14,666 gross monthly salary. (In...


  • Later Start

    It’s coming too late for my three, but there seems to be commitment from the French Education Secretary Jean-Michel Blanquer to at least have a trial run for starting the day at lycée (equivalent to sixth-form college more or less, but for three years) at 9 am rather than the...