Olivia Rose

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The Olivia Rose Diaries and Le Shack.

Mary-Jane and Michael’s adventures on board Olivia Rose and also in Le Shack, their off-grid winter home in France

This is a blog of two parts. In the winter months it takes place at Le Shack, our off-grid home in the south-western corner of France. My husband Michael and I, plus our dog Maddie, moved there in September 2020 and the blog follows us as we turn an empty shell of a wooden cabin into a comfortable off-grid home. If you scroll back further through the weekly posts to the spring of 2020, you will find the other half of the story, for we spend our summers on our boat, Olivia Rose, exploring the rivers and canals of Europe. We had hoped to get back on board our boat for the summer of 2021 but that is looking unlikely this year, given the uncertainty of the pandemic and travelling. However it will be no hardship to spend more time in this beautiful corner of France, hopefully exploring further afield as restrictions ease. Wherever we find ourselves, on dry land or the water, we have three rules to guide us – to live our lives simply, sustainably and to the full. Welcome aboard! We hope you enjoy our adventures as much as we do.

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