auvergne landscapes: saint-arcons-d’allier

The beautiful autumn weather is continuing, although the mornings are getting colder now, so we took the opportunity to make an afternoon excursion to the lovely village of Saint-Arcons-d’Allier. As you can see from the photograph, it’s a pretty, quiet little village, perched on the hillside with views over the Allier valley. Many of the … More auvergne landscapes: saint-arcons-d’allier

coping with august

Although it has not been as consistently hot and dry as last summer, we have had several spells of very high temperatures this year. We’re just coming to the end of what will hopefully be the final week of temperatures in the mid to high 30s centigrade. I know I shouldn’t complain about fine weather, … More coping with august

walk PR 15 (Lavoûte-Chilhac) – Le Tour du Pié du Roi (9.5km)

  Making the most of the continuing warm sunny weather, we headed out to the village of Cerzat yesterday, for a walk which promised a volcanic crater, basalt cliffs and spectacular views over the Allier valley. It all started well. We found our way out of the village, and across open farmland to the Pié du … More walk PR 15 (Lavoûte-Chilhac) – Le Tour du Pié du Roi (9.5km)


A friend posted some pictures on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, saying that she often forgets what a beautiful place she lives in until she sees it in photos of the area. I was reminded of how her words, and how we often don’t really ‘see’ our local area, when we drove over to … More Lavoûte-Chilhac


One of the (many) lovely things about living in this area of France is seeing how clean and clear the rivers and streams are. Fishing is a very popular pastime, the Allier River is well known for salmon fishing. In the photo above, we are standing on a bridge above the River Doulon, which runs … More pebbles