• French Days

    A bit late in the day I have finally found out what the advertising push ‘French Days’ is all about. My first attempts to do some research didn’t get me far. French Days typed into the Google search bar came back with language sites giving me the days of the...


  • 2 months of TI

    Two Months of Total Immersion I launched my two latest books, ‘Total Immersion: Ten Years in France’ and ‘Haircuts, Hens and Homicide’ on 17th February, the day that would have been Dad’s 99th birthday if he’d still been with us. It seemed an auspicious day. And it was. I had...


  • Seed-bombing

    Seed Bombing I’m a bit out of touch. I hadn’t heard about guerrilla gardening until Caiti brought home a seed bombing kit with her from cosmopolitan Bordeaux this weekend. These little seed bombs, or green grenades, consist of compost, clay and flower seeds, or compost, flour, water and seeds. They...


  • Cycling-Clugnat

    Cycling, Clugnat and a Café in Crisis It hasn’t been a very cycling-friendly start to the year weather-wise. It’s been either too cold, too wet or too windy, and sometimes all three together! We had a 50km round trip to Aigurande in January, but our next bike outing wasn’t until...


  • Fete-des-grands-meres

    There’s a grandma in the family – my sister. This, of course, means that I’m a very proud great-aunt, to Robin born in January… and Ella Joy born in March. I was therefore quick to spot that today, the first Sunday in March, is Fête des grands-mères here in France....