Painting woes

Yesterday was a frustrating day. I had fully intended to have the bathroom in the gite painted and ready for the toilet and shower to be installed, but it was not to be. Dennis has done a sterling job on it so far. Somehow in between entertaining visitors, sorting out our new windows, installing new … More Painting woes

Recipe: Giant vol-au-vent stuffed with spinach, mushrooms and goats cheese

  “Oh my god, the oven’s on fire!” This wasn’t quite the statement I had intended on making while cooking Den’s birthday meal. In my mind, I would flit around the kitchen, looking all chic and glamorous while creating a culinary masterpiece – a bit like Nigella would. What actually happened was that I got distracted … More Recipe: Giant vol-au-vent stuffed with spinach, mushrooms and goats cheese

Help us prevent the destruction of the Dordogne countryside

One of the many things we like about France is its commitment to the environment. We understand that the country has ambitions to cut greenhouse gas emissions, tackle  local air and water pollution, and put in measures to manage waste and conserve biodiversity. All of which are hugely attractive to us as residents. Coupled with this is … More Help us prevent the destruction of the Dordogne countryside

Blooming lovely

After five days of almost continual rain, I looked out of the window this morning to find the skies had cleared and things had brightened up (albeit just a little). While the rain had caused some areas of the land nearby to become waterlogged, to my delight it also seems to have encouraged some more … More Blooming lovely