• A Few Facts and Figures

    A Few Facts and Figures For the first time since 1969 life expectancy in France has dropped – by five months for women to 85 years, and by three months for men to 78.9 years. These are INSEE’s figures for 2015. However, overall France is still near the top of...


  • Writing is Good for your Health

    It’s official – writing is good for you. Well, it seems to be good for me, anyway. Last week Chris and I made a fortunately rare visit to the doctor’s. It was time for a bit of medical prodding and poking to make sure this, that and the other are...


  • Haphazard Hatching

    The unseasonably warm weather has been playing havoc with my birds. Instead of taking a month or so off laying over the late autumn/winter period, this time round all the females have been producing eggs, and I also currently have four brooding turkeys and three incubators in use. I also...


  • Limousin no more

    So, Limousin is no more. We went to bed last night as part of this old région, one of 22 in metropolitan France with another 5 overseas, and woke up in Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes. What a mouthful! There are now only 13 régions in metropolitan France since, amongst other mergers, Alsace and...


  • Maupuy

    The bad mountain We don’t often start geocaching while the moon is still up, but this morning we had to take Benj to Gueret station to catch his train. He was back to uni today. It’s a shame to just drive there and back, and since it’s non-term-time (the closest...