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…

Local walks: Bors-de-Montmoreau

Two sets of friends visiting over the Easter holidays gave us the excuse to take some time off, and to pack the weekend full of activities. Over four days we managed to cram in a dinner party for 10 people, the 15km walk to Champagne Fontaine, three meals out, stand-up paddle boarding (more on this…

The adventures of Donkey

Once upon a time, there was a donkey called Donkey. He lived all alone in a field in France. His house was dirty, his water trough was full of sludge and he was very lonely. Then one day a group of crazy English people turned up with a wheelbarrow full of straw. They set about clearing…

Local walks: DeeDee’s in Champagne Fontaine

If one is to go on a walk, there should be a purpose to that walk. It might be to get a different destination, to see a particular attraction, or to test ones fitness, but there should always be a goal. One of my favourite reasons for going for a walk is to blow away…

A (new) window into our world

We have made the first big purchase for the main house. New windows! Our first winter here was freezing, and neither of us fancied spending another one in a house that gets so cold you can see your breath. There are two reasons why this is the case: no insulation and a knackered, old heating…