I'll Not Be There
So, the decision is made.
Ever since 2002 I have attended the biennial Discworld Convention. I signed up again for this year's festival of madness, t... Read more
A Better Mousetrap
Going to the cupboard recently I made a discovery. Or at least, it was when I picked up a packet of porridge to make breakfast and ended up with little sp... Read more
We left our heroine ... back in England waiting for the electrician to be ready. We had already planned on a trip to France in September, when the cost of... Read more
Worst Present Ever
Not this year, I hasten to add. This year was fine, spending time with family and all. We're lucky to creep in at the edge of my son-in-law's extended fam... Read more
An Electrifying Experience
We left the house in France last time with the plumbing sorted out, and the luxury of indoor facilities. Hot water, and even the washing machine and dish... Read more
Worst Christmas Ever
We all know that Christmas isn't always the joyous festival it ought to be, so I thought I'd share with you one that particularly sticks out in my mind.
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Meanwhile, back in France
I have a confession to make. This blog should really have come before the last one, but due to the fug in my brain I totally forgot to post it. Sorry about that. I'm feeling a bit better now. Maybe.
So, where were we?
Oh yes, camping ... Read more
The Joy of Plumbing
I don't know if you can conceive of the joy of arriving late in the evening at ones holiday home and not having to hack ones way through the jungle in or... Read more
I seem to have been going through a bad patch recently with electrical and electronic appliances. This is not a particularly new thing. I used to be known to the IT Support people at work as the Kiss of Death.
I'm not taking the blame for t... Read more
No Time, No Inspiration, No Vember
Well, not exactly no inspiration. But it's just gone in a different direction for the moment.
And hello to all of you who have been dropping in re... Read more
Life Gets Complicated
This week I have been beset with happenings that have brought out my inner Grumpy Old Woman.
My laptop, I have to admit, is at least four years old, which I'm told is pretty old as laptops go. So it's really no surprise that it's starting t... Read more
A Roof Over Our Heads
*No picture again: my old laptop is dying, and the ultraportable doesn't have them saved.
The more observant of you may have noticed something missing in the picture I posted with last week's blog.
Like, a roof.
We had a long conv... Read more
This Land is My Land
In my experience French properties come in two basic types: those with no land, and those with too much land.
Ours is the second. We had, on rough... Read more
Drains on the Brain
So there we were, back in France after five years' absence, with a bit of money saved up.
Less than twenty four hours after our arrival there came a knock at our door. It was M le Maire, and his wife who spoke some English. In fact I speak ... Read more
Don't Touch That Switch
Fast forward fifteen years.
Life happens. Births, deaths, marriages. Job changes. Retirement.
We bought a house in Wales, and that needed renova... Read more
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