Things I’d have tweeted etc. and thoughts on Mastodon

West Northamptonshire and North Northamptonshire? Are they on drugs?* Too depressed to be on Mastodon much today.** Spotted a tiny, tiny lizard at the front of the house And this is what happened when Oscar caught sight of it Today’s bike ride was up to St. Antoine again, an old favourite.*** Found a terrifying bug … Continue reading Things I’d have tweeted etc. and thoughts on Mastodon

Car bore: 80

I’ll start by saying that I don’t really mind the new 80 kph speed limit. I’m rational enough to know that in terms of journey time and arrival time, taking into account 50 kph villages, acceleration and deceleration, tractors, lorries, the timid and the hesitant, it’s not going to make much difference. We’re not travelling … Continue reading Car bore: 80


The Ile-d’Yeu is a 30 minute ferry journey from the French mainland, off the Vendée coast.  The Vendée is my favourite part of France: a different kind of landscape, with (I seem to recall) the second best microclimate in France. The Cote d’Azur gets first prize for sunshine, and has the calm, warm waters of … Continue reading Microcosmic