What is Truth?

My current truth is that I’m happy in my simple lifestyle … simple being the definition given by those who live in a faster lane than I.  Josie and I live close to Nature. Our home La Chatouillette instills a peace that neither of us has experienced. But what brings...

La Chatouillette will soon have a new riverside picnic spot

La Chatouillette is always full of surprises … even for me who relishes its land almost every day of my life. The other morning I discovered an amazing pebble beach on the banks of our river. It had remained almost hidden from view for what must have been decades. It...

Hedgehog out and about in January

Hedgehog Hotel  A few days ago Josie found a confused hedgehog sitting by the barrel outside our kitchen door. It’s supposed to be winter here but the unusually warm weather confused him. In our forest we’ve built a Hedgehog Hotel. It’s fully booked over winter. This...

Climate Change. Can it be that bad ?

In our peaceful area of natural beauty we often consider ourselves as being closeted from many of the evolving realities of life. Our air is fresh and clear. Our cloudless nights reflect skies that sparkle with the brightest stars. Our rivers are clean and free to...

What’s Art?

Art is in the hands of the moulder and beauty in the eyes of the beholder. So now I’m a ‘poet’ and I didn’t even know it! Seriously though, where does Art begin and end? What constitutes Art in every sense of the word? Recently we had the pleasure of welcoming some...

Is more WEIGHT worth the WAIT?

A single big catch or seven smaller ones – which is the more gratifying? A recent angler named Bob, sat for three hours in a spot by our waters where it was thought the largest Carp dwelt. His companion fished for the same period from various allocated swims and...