I haven’t stepped foot in the gite today. My day has been a whirlwind of shopping for party decorations, calls with clients and commissioning for this new magazine I am attempting to launch (more on that another time). Although I did manage to find 15 mins to sit and enjoy a coffee and a croissant … More 5 days to go…
There may have been a grey sky this morning as I went about my daily wandering but that didn’t detract from the beauty of my route. All around the house, the fields are awash with yellow – the sunflowers are in full bloom and it is a glorious sight. The hedgerows are splashed with red … More I wandered lonely as a cloud…
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 … More Local walks: Bors-de-Montmoreau
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 … More Local walks: DeeDee’s in Champagne Fontaine
Hands up if every January, “lose weight and get fit” are among your new year resolutions but come February you’ve lost nothing but the motivation. Yup, me too. It doesn’t seem to matter what I do, I don’t seem to be able to lose weight. For example, three weeks in India at the start of … More Too fat to run? Not me!
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. … More Spending the day on our island
They say that India is an assault on the senses. I would have to agree. From the noise to the heat to the smells of spices, blocked drains and litter, to the colour and chaos of the towns, shops and people, it both excites and exhausts at the same time. Having learnt our lesson from … More Incredible India
It has been almost 4 months since my last post. I have not neglected this blog intentionally. Not at all. There have been many a night when trying to get to sleep when what to write next has been one of the zillion things whirring around my brain. No, the lack of posts is merely … More Blimey, the end of 2016 was busy!
I’ve stayed in some bad hotels over the years. There was the panic-inducing room in Vietnam that had bars up against the window and no smoke alarm. The hotel on the border of the Bolivian/Brazilian border in a town that was rife with dengue fever, but which offered no air con and no mozzie nets. I … More Is this the worst hotel in the world?
I am shivering as I type. Our house is but a converted barn with no heating, and while the stone walls kept life very cool during the blistering hot summer days, now the weather has turned things are not so pleasant. I have on four layers of clothing, including a hoodie and cardigan, and am … More Coping with the cold, being too busy and getting emotional over babies