IT has been a few weeks since I took a tour around the bloggy corners of France and further a field, so here is a quick look at what people have been writing about.
There is a bit of everything from bats to plastic bags; Parisian gardens to songs in Dijon and a few other destinations in between.
Vertical gardens - scatterdrum A photographer I know in Manchester is gathering together some of her favourite images and creations, and is intrigued by Parisian botanist Patrick Blanc whose gardens almost take over buildings.
There is very little opportunity for the creation of new open spaces or parks when demand for housing is so huge. However, where there is a blank building wall he sees an opportunity.
Les Chauves-souris in the Loire Valley - Days on the Claise WOW! What a picture. Just go visit Simon and Susan's article about using a bat detector in their garden.
They come, at first just in ones and twos, but soon there is a veritable troupeau.
101 uses for a ‘plastic’ bag - An Orne Journal Both a new site to me and the beginnings of a number of ways to use 'plastic' bags, maybe you can add a few in the comments.
5. for holding all the books you do not yet have shelf space for (we’ve currently got seven bags pending)
Facebook, the new French Revolution? - Paysans Grigny Views on French life from Nord-Pas-de-Calais, including the launch of a group on Facebook. The site also features tales from the many cats the owners have.
I was first made aware that Facebook had launched in France when logging into my account and I was confronted with French-language login.
Crazy French wines at Lords - Jamie Goode Jamie is not only a fellow Man City fan, he has one of the best jobs in the word - wine writer. Here he drops in on Lords cricket ground to enjoy a glass or two.
Herby, waxy, appley and pretty complex on the nose. The palate is appley and wonderfully complex with a long, minerally, acid finish. Fantastic stuff: weird but lovely.