The Coypu

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I was in France recently, in the province of Alsace, visiting a dear friend. It was absolutely beautiful there: the mountains, the vineyards, the sun! During my visit, we went to a Reintroduction Centre. Alsace is known for their population of storks (they’re everywhere; roosting on churches, swooping over villages, chilling on the side of the road), but in the 60’s their numbers were dwindling until only two breeding pairs were left! The centre was set up in 1976 with the intention of breeding and reintroducing storks back into Alsace. And thus far, they have been very successful 🙂 (Check out their website here if you’re interested in learning more).

Anyway, at the centre I saw quite a few animals. Plenty of elegant storks (their chicks are really ugly though, in case you were wondering), playful otters, fast, fish catching cormorants, and a whole family of adorable coypus (aka river rats or nutrias).  Continue reading


Paradise Lodge by Nina Stibbe

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I requested this novel on NetGalley and was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy! I read it in a couple of days and really enjoyed it; it was endearing and funny and full of heart.  Continue reading