10 days to go…

Have just been tiptoing around the house thinking that someone was trying to break in, only to realise that the banging sounds I can hear are fireworks echoing around the valley. Panic over. Thank goodness. I didn’t relish the prospect of lying in bed wondering whether or not the boogie man was going to get … More 10 days to go…

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