Thursday Doors – Lucky 13

So here I am, still on WordPress and all set to stay awhile and participate in one of my favourite ‘challenges’ Thursday Doors!  I’m back in the world of graveyards again for this week’s entry as I couldn’t resist sharing a door I found in the city of Angoulême cemetery this week. The weather was particularly…

Alliums, Garlic and a Potager

It’s been a good year so far on the Hillside for our potager. The plot near the orchard which we had ploughed up by the local farmer last year looked intimidatingly large at first, more suitable for feeding a couple of rugby teams than our tiny household, but as Mr H has worked his green-fingered…

Romantic Abbey Ruins and Hideous Cement Works

Just across from the ugly out-of-town shopping centre where I reluctantly go for some of my weekly grocery shop, is one of the most hideous concrete constructions I have ever seen in my entire life.  Owned since the 1930’s by the enormous French company Lafarge, a ‘world leader in construction materials’, the monstrous site of…

Seriously Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Russian Roulette

Although France is in many ways a culinary paradise there is one thing that the French tastebud does not seem to appreciate and that is the English version of hot and spicy.  Rich and wine-flavoured, delicate, perfumed and oriental, mock Mexican and fruity Moroccan are savoured with the utmost appreciation but trying to introduce our…

Cosmos , Marigolds and the end of Summer

This weekend heralds the end of the official summer here in sunny France, as thousands of holidaymakers wend their way back home to prepare for ‘La Rentrée’ – the re-entering, literally, of work or school. over the next week to 10 days.  The summer has been a disappointing one weatherwise, some sun to be sure…

Daredevil Daisy’s bid for Freedom

In which we take a walk and have a close encounter with a 1500 pound grumpy cow It is my daily habit to take a brisk walk down the hillside and, almost as briskly, to walk back up again.  I generally spend the time this involves admiring the scenery, talking to myself and chatting to…

Oh No! Here Comes Summer!…….

In which we consider the excesses of French summer weather and wish we had a decent deckchair…… Well finally, here in South West France, the sun has put in a long awaited appearance and the Summer has arrived, at least for the next few days.   This is, of course, great news for those of us who…

Be careful what you wish for …….

In which we consider Noah’s flood, the advisability of a fountain in the bedroom and never having enough buckets when you need them… Having begun with great gusto, the creation of our new vegetable plot at the end of last week we consulted the meteo – weather forecast – on Monday to see what might be…

English Afternoon Tea – French Style

In which we consider tea, cake, insomnia and the terrifying menace of butter………… Because we are situated somewhat off the beaten track, some of our customers travel quite a distance to reach us to visit our boutique.  Sometimes the time taken can be more the result of getting hopelessly lost than the actual distance from…

New Kid on the Blog

In which we enter a new world and attempt to learn a new language  –  twice… When we first moved to France almost 13 years ago, armed with our reasonable school French and an extra dose of advanced grammar, we were happily confident that we could cope on an everyday level with the language barrier….

From Plural to very Singular

In which we consider daily exercise and I decide to blog it alone….. Yes,  today I’ve decided to drop the royal ‘we’ in favour of the more comfortable imperial ‘I’.  Writing in the plural doesn’t always trip off the mental tongue and in any case it’s hard to write for two when the other part…

A First Glimpse

In which we finally begin and some introductions are made…..           Given the million and one other people writing about their lives in France and jostling for position in the blogosphere, it may be a weird decision to decide to join the throng. Is anyone out there ever going to notice us we…