5 things I love about France…

Looking back over the last few posts, I have realised that I haven’t actually written that much about our new life in France. Mainly because I haven’t actually spent much time here. Spending so much time on the road has distracted me somewhat from getting settled and making new friends (easier said than done when…

Getting back behind the wheel (and surviving)

Unlike most people, I didn’t learn to drive when I was 17. Well, I say that: I had lessons aged 17, but failed my first test. I then went off to uni and on a slightly-longer-than-intended trip around the world, and so it wasn’t until I arrived back home to Derbyshire, at the grand old…

Spending the day on our island

Today has been a good day. A successful day in the garden with Dennis yesterday, mowing the lawn and clearing the leaves, inspired me to tackle the island this morning. It hasn’t had much love over the winter months and as a consequence the ground had developed a thick carpet of broken branches, dead leaves and old conkers….

Soggy mushrooms, salty sole and the bright lights of Bertric-Burée

Located in the centre of the small village of Bertric- Burée, Aux Petits Oignons prides itself on its traditional cuisine and friendly atmosphere. It offers a range of dishes from a simple a la carte menu to a selection of fixed menus. After being instructed by our French teacher to write a review of a…

Getting going on the renovations

Now that we have moved into the new house, got Christmas out of the way and enjoyed a wonderful holiday in India, we have turned our attention to the work that needs doing on the property. It’s a big old place and there is a lot of work that we could do – if we…

Remembering Jo

We said goodbye to our dear friend Joanna Witt last weekend. Her totally unexpected and very sudden death was caused by sepsis. She was 43. She leaves behind her partner, Oliver and her three young boys, Henry, Digby and Ned. We are devastated. I first met Jo in Cairns, Australia in 2000 when we were both…