Lake and Weather Monitoring at Notaire’s

Notaires Lake share the results of the first quarter’s lake and weather monitoring at Notaires with anglers who are interested in all aspects of their sport. Late September – early October was exceptionally sunny and warm and the air sensor went over 30 degrees C. This is probably a slight over-estimate – I’ll have to […]

Hello Kitty or Hell-No Kitty? – Living the Dream’s blog

Steph Dagg, who writes the ‘living the dream’ blog is the owner of Notaires and Alder carp lakes. Treacle, our pretty, fluffy cat with a wonky tail, has been back to the vet’s. Some animals are very cheap to run, remaining steadfastly healthy all their lives. Others aren’t, and Treacle comes into the latter category. […]

Meet Cynthia – The Sussex Laying Hen

Steph Dagg is the owner of Notaires & Alder carp lakes. Meet Cynthia! She’s a Sussex laying hen, a pondeuse, and we bought at Boussac market this morning. She’ll spend a few days in a pen to get used to her new surroundings, and then we’ll let her range free with Madge and Limpy. Now, […]

Breakdown – OR Beware the third of March

Steph Dagg is the owner of Notaires & Alder carp lakes The third of March isn’t a good day for Daggs. Three years ago on this day Chris was bitten by a fox when he and Benj were trying to release it from a snare. We went to see the doctor who was convinced that […]

On Yer Bike

Steph Dagg owns Alder & Notaires carp lakes. At last the cycling season has started for us. We were a bit late this year. We’d meant to start a fortnight ago once the ice sheet had receded, but Benj coming home at the last minute for a short visit plunged us into chaos – very […]

School Tomorrow?

Steph Dagg is the owner of Alder & Notaires. I’m not supposed to send my kids to school tomorrow. The FCPE (Fédération des Conseils de Parents d’Elèves) nationwide is asking parents to keep their children home in protest against proposed teacher cuts. What to do? Ruadhri is all for staying home, but with him it’s […]

Plumb Dumb Boiler

Steph Dagg is the owner of Notaires & Alder carp lakes. To celebrate (Chris and I), and at the same time commemorate (Caiti and Rors), the last official day of the winter holidays (weekends don’t count), we headed off in the sunshine this morning for another spot of geocaching. It gets us out, we all […]

A Tale Of Two French Cheeses

Steph Dagg runs Alder & Notaires carp lakes. I haven’t  been cheesing for a while, so a bit of a catch up this week. First up some local cheese. This is the product of the Orval fromagerie in Berry. Louche means ladle and a louché cheese is one that has been hand ladled into its […]

Road Trip Via Valençay

Steph & Chris Dagg own Alder & Notaires carp lakes. We made it! We’re back home with our long lost and now steerable Renault. My little Fiat made the round trip to the garage at Faverolles sur Cher, no problem. She was a bit slow uphill, and a bit slow downhill, not to mention on […]

A Busy Sort Of Day in France

Steph Dagg is the owner of Notaires & Alder carp lakes The last couple of mornings I’ve been getting up early-ish to write. I’m about to launch my light hearted travel memoir about moving to Les Fragnes and our first years here, Heads Above Water, and I’m already busy on the sequel! I went out […]

Mademoiselles and Bells

It’s official! A circular from the French Prime Minister’s office on 21st February has decreed that the term Mademoiselle (Miss) is to be phased out of official documentation. France has never had an equivalent of Ms so it’s always been a choice between Madame or Mademoiselle. (Men have only ever had the choice of Monsieur.) […]

Food Self-Sufficiency, Here We Come!

Steph & Chris Dagg run Notaires & Alder carp lakes in France. Through this personal Blog, Steph is going to describe her experiences of moving to France and living the dream of many UK carp anglers.   Here at Les Fragnes, home to Notaire’s and Alder Carp Lakes, we’re taking our drive for self-sufficiency in meat and […]

The Great Pig Experience

As our previous visitors to Notaires will be aware, we are building up an old style farm with a selection of animals (ok they didn’t have llamas on an old fashioned farm but that is another story). Currently we have llamas, alpacas, sheep, turkeys and  chickens (and pets such as a dog, some cats and […]

French Cheese Confidential – Camembert

Camembert is one of the family of fromages à pâte molle et à croûte fleurie (soft cheeses with a floury crust). It’s less fatty than its pressed cheese cousins since it contains more water. It contains around 320 calories per 100g which is pretty good for cheese. A typical 250g Camembert is made from two litres […]

Ice walking on a Frozen Carp Lake!

Steph & Chris Dagg run Notaires and Alder carp lakes in France. Through this personal Blog, Steph is going to describe her experiences of moving to France and living the dream of many UK carp anglers. The phrase froid ressenti is appearing on the weather forecasts a lot these days. It translates literally as ‘cold felt/experienced’ but […]

French Cheese Confidential – Cantal

Cantal (15) is one of the three départements that make up the Auvergne (the other two are Allier (03) and Puy de Dôme (63)). It’s one of my favourite parts of France. We had a great holiday near St Flour when Rors was a toddler, and the other two about 9 and 11 or so. […]

French Cheese Confidential – Emmental

Since this is the land of cheese (around 429 varieties I believe), I thought it was time I started to pay attention to fromage. So every now and again in this blog I’ll be looking at some of the more popular and/or unusual cheeses on offer. But some groundwork to do first. Cheese comes in […]

Record Weather for France

It’s official. 2011 was the hottest year in France since 1900, beating previous record holder 2003. The average temperature of 13.6 degrees C was 1.5 degrees higher than ‘usual’. This resulted from a warm spring and a warm autumn. Summer was actually quite disappointing with July being colder than normal. The warm weather has continued into […]