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 … More 5 things I love about France…
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 … More Getting back behind the wheel (and surviving)
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
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 … More Soggy mushrooms, salty sole and the bright lights of Bertric-Burée
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 … More Getting going on the renovations
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 … More Remembering Jo
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?
As you know, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the walnut harvest. That day has now come. Today I’ve been and gathered the windfall. From just two trees, I collected some 250 nuts. And I can see more, high up in the branches, just waiting for the opportune moment to fall. It’s taken me almost two hours to … More Walnuts anyone?