A few days ago we visited Niall and Antoinette over at Chez Charnizay. They'd been to Scotland visiting family and kindly offered to bring back goodies. Our personalised pack consisted of 2 bags of real Scottish oats, a 4 person haggis, a lump of aged Cheddar and some boxes of painkillers (paracetamol has gone up to 19p per box of 16 in Tesco they tell us!)
Speaking of trends (or at least, statistical predictions) we have a new President, as I am no doubt you are aware. It was a squeakily close run thing, just as the polls predicted. Personally I am not convinced by François Hollande, but on verra... At least he is a moderate. He will not have an easy job, and I hope he manages the country wisely.