Follicles and fables

Steph & Chris Dagg run Notaires & Alder lakes. Through this personal Blog, Steph is going to describe her experiences of moving to France and living the dream of many UK carp anglers. Friday, as well as being Eldest Son’s 20th birthday – wow! – was my wool course at Le Dorat. It was organised by Laines […]

Crèche at Nouzerines

Today we were at Nouzerines church. Every year, to coincide with the Marché de Noël in the village, there’s a small service aimed at the children to install the crèche. There’s a different theme every year. We’ve had tents and wool in the past. This year it was lanterns. Rors and I rustled up a […]

Hygiene in French

Yesterday I had the first day of the obligatory course in food hygiene that all persons have to attend who so much as touch a single piece of food destined to be eaten by someone else. We offer a meals package to our anglers at Alder & Notaires , so therefore that includes us. There’s […]

Walnuts everywhere!

We are wading through walnuts here at the moment. There’s a bumper crop this year and Chris and I collecting vast quantities every morning during our cycle rides. So far we’ve brought back four full rucksackfuls of them, and not all the trees are ready yet. There are definitely different varieties out there, some earlier […]

The Zoo Parc de Beauval

Steph & Chris Dagg run Notaires & Alder lakes. Through this personal Blog, Steph is going to describe her experiences of moving to France and living the dream of many UK carp anglers. We began the holidays with a visit to a zoo at Haute Touche. Last week, as an end-of-holiday treat, we went to another one […]

The swallows at Notaires

Here’s a photo of some very hungry baby swallows here at Notaires. I’m pretty sure this is the parents’ third brood of fledglings this year. Swallows lay 4 or 5 eggs which take up to 21 days to hatch. Then it’s another ten days until the babies open their eyes, but another ten or so […]

Book and Farm News from Notaires

Well, since self-publishing my first ebook last week, I’ve sold 6 copies of Oh Auntie on Kindle and 7 on Smashwords – and I didn’t buy any of them! A very slow start, but that’s OK. I haven’t actually done any publicity for the book. I just wanted to get an ebook out there to […]

How wrong can you get an article?

We’re used to journalists getting things wrong when they write about us at Notaires and our llamas in papers or magazines, but the last example takes things to extremes. The Pays du Limousin summer special lists things to do and see in Limousin over July and August. A guy showed up a month or so […]

A new arrival at Notaires carp lake

I’d been planning a blog about the economic impact of the Tour de France. I’ve done lots of research and it’ll make for interesting reading, I hope. But as I sat down to make a start on it this evening, in between watching the exciting last stage of the Tour, I noticed an unfamiliar shape out […]

Tour de France Action 2011

We have had a brilliant time recently the Tour de France. We took in the riders on the Aigurande to Super-Besse stage who passed just a couple of kilometres from our home at Notaires. We woke up to rain, which was a blow. We wanted the rain, we’ve been praying for it – but not […]

Suffolk arrives in France

We finally have some sheep here at Notaires. We’ve bought two Suffolk ewes from Edouard, the farmer who makes our hay and grows some cereals on our land. Suffolk is my county – I was born and bred in Ipswich – so I’m rather chuffed. We’re calling the girls Lavenham and Debenham after two pretty […]

Shear Horror!

It has suddenly got very hot, so it was time to shear the alpacas. The shiny electric shears arrived a few weeks ago, as I mentioned in an earlier post. Time to use them. Seamus was the guinea pig. Here he is before treatment. It took three of us. Chris wielded the shears, I held […]

Cherry nice…..

  It’s cherry picking season here in France. It’s a good year for them. The trees are covered. Even my young, little trees in the garden have produced a bowlful each. And they taste beautiful. We’ve been gleaning from roadside trees as well and so far have collected three very different sorts of cherries. And […]

Comment? i.e. You what?

Here are some faithfully reproduced excerpts from the instruction manual for the power augur we’ve just bought (to bore holes for yet more fence posts for yet more fields for our llamas): • Gasoline planter is designed for drilling and grubbing of yam and burdock planting holes, holes of radio detector, holes of fencing poles […]

Howling Success

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Creuse, our departément, is the wolf park at Guéret – les Loups de Chabriere. I once read an article about the park that worryingly described it as a place where wolves roamed in semi-captivity! I assure you, they are in full captivity i.e. they stay in their […]

Tempting Fêtes

  June, July and August are the months for fêtes in France. Pretty much every little village with have one at some point, often tying in with its ‘saint patronale’ (patron saint). Nouzerines is connected with Saint Clair, whose day is 1st June. So the weekend closest to that is when the Nouzerines fête takes […]

The French and Animals

    The French are renowned for eating more types of animals than many other nationalities – all the usuals plus snails, frogs and horses. However, France is also hailed by many as a nation of animal lovers. Everyone who has been to France has surely seen elderly ladies carrying around their cosseted miniature poodles […]

Spinning Without Lures

Steph & Chris Dagg run Notaires & Alder lakes. Through this personal Blog, Steph is going to describe her experiences of moving to France and living the dream of many UK carp anglers. I’ve realised with a shock that it’s over a year since I went on my wool-spinning course. And I still haven’t produced a ball […]

Common Scents

Steph & Chris Dagg run Notaires & Alder lakes. Through this personal Blog, Steph is going to describe her experiences of moving to France and living the dream of many UK carp anglers. Having a teenage son, an ‘ado’ of my own who has introduced me to lots of his friends the same age, I can honestly […]

8 out of 10 carp prefer …

Here at Alder and Notaire’s Lakes, we stock Shaun Harrison’s excellent Quest Baits for our Angling Lines clients and also our own use – not that Chris gets much time to fish despite owning 14 acres of lakes! Anglers who come here can pre-order and find their bait ready and waiting, which leaves a bit […]