Not quite a walnut harvest

Warm goats cheese with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of walnuts. The perfect combination of ingredients. Delicious on a pizza, perfect with salad, or even just as the raw product themselves – ideal to nibble on throughout the evening, particularly when accompanied by a glass of two of France’s finest. It is our…

It’s avocado mania!

Did you know that of the 44 million avocados that were consumed globally last year, five million of them were used in sandwiches made by Pret a Manager? Madness, eh? The world is in the grip of avocado fever – in the UK alone, sales of the green fruit that is named after a certain part…

What to read next?

A promise I made to myself before moving to France was that when I got here I would make more time to read. I love reading. Getting lost in the pages of an adventure, exploring new worlds and culture, learning about life through the eyes of others – what is not to enjoy! So far I’ve…

Nuts about nuts

Does anyone know what type of nut this is? They are growing in plentiful supply at the back of our house but we are unsure as to what they are. We suspect they are walnuts, and that we need to peel back the green outer layer, and then dry them out .   But we are…

The first month

Today we celebrate our first 31 days in France. This time last month, we were arriving in Sainte Eulalie d’Ans, absolutely exhausted after a mammoth 15-hour journey from London. And so far, so good. We love the area we are in, we are much more relaxed than we were in the UK, and the sun has…

Tomatoes a la chapelure

Feeling a little brain dead on the way home from the UK last week, I decided to invest in a little bit of light entertainment. I purchased a book by Celia Imrie called Nice Work (if you can get it). A story about a group of expats who live in the South of France and try…

A much-needed day off

We have been in France for just under a month and already I’ve done two trips back to the UK for work. Coupled with this I’ve had multiple deadlines, we’ve been house hunting and we’re still trying to adjust to our new life. To say I’m feeling like I need a holiday is an understatement….

House hunting in the Dordogne

In February, I found my dream house. A beautiful detached house on the top of a hill in the Perigord Vert, and just a 15 minute walk into the nearby town. The living space was huge, offering six bedrooms, two kitchens, three bathrooms, open fires, a utility area that stretched the length of the house,…

Day 20: Disagreements over salad dressings

When we left the house tonight for our evening constitution, the sky was dull and threatening rain. By the time we had done our circuit around the hamlet, it was much brighter: the clouds had cleared and the sunset was casting a warm glow over the trees. The houses ahead of us were beginning to…

How to maximise productivity while travelling with work

Being on the road means there is a lot of potential for hours of wasted time travelling between destinations. Given that we are always working at maximum capacity, this means I either have to fall behind on my deadlines or figure out how to maximise every second. In the attempt to achieve the latter, I’ve…