What a wonderful world.

Hello and welcome to the latest blog of the Olivia Rose Diaries on January 15th 2022. Winter has arrived and the temperatures have plummeted here in France this week. We’re down to minus six at night, waking up to freezing fog which sometimes persists for the whole day. However, if the sun does manage toContinue reading “What a wonderful world.”

Moving on – miniature donkeys and compost toilet envy.

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on the Olivia Rose Diaries on January 8th 2022. It’s the first blog of the new year and we have put our travelling shoes on. We spent Christmas and the New Year at our housesit near Bergerac in the Dordogne, much of it in rainy weather. Thankfully, theContinue reading “Moving on – miniature donkeys and compost toilet envy.”

Strange times – the only certainty is uncertainty.

Hello and welcome to the latest blog of the Olivia Rose Diaries on 24th December 2021. We left our housesit with the menagerie of animals a week ago, had a couple of days back at Le Shack, and are now at another housesit until January 5th. This time round we are looking after two crazyContinue reading “Strange times – the only certainty is uncertainty.”

Out in the sticks

Hello and welcome to the latest blog in the Olivia Rose Diaries on 3rd December 2021. We arrived at our latest housesit in sleeting rain and strong winds under a leaden sky. As we turned off the lane and down the rough track which we hoped led to the farmhouse that we would be lookingContinue reading “Out in the sticks”

Autumn picture gallery

Hello everyone and welcome to the latest blog of the Olivia Rose Diaries on November 26th 2021. I had hoped that this blog would be a photo album of the last days of blazing autumn splendour. Unfortunately the splendour has disappeared under a blanket of dank, freezing fog for the whole of the week andContinue reading “Autumn picture gallery”

Guess what arrived in the post this week?

Hello and welcome to the latest blog of the Olivia Rose Diaries on November 18th 2021. We’ve been back in Le Shack almost two weeks now and I wondered how I would feel about being here after our house-sitting adventure, where we were living in a conventional house with luxuries like central heating and hot waterContinue reading “Guess what arrived in the post this week?”

Quirky, quaint and hidden gems  – so very French

After all those blue skies in the last blog we then had four days of wild weather with gusts of up to 70 km/hour blasting through the backstreets behind the harbour, knocking rubbish bins over and howling round the eaves. Looking out of the window, my eyes and ears told me to expect cold weather,Continue reading “Quirky, quaint and hidden gems  – so very French”

Blue is my favourite colour

Hello everyone and welcome to the latest blog of the Olivia Rose Diaries on 29th October 2021. We are almost at the end of our first week house-sitting in Marseillan and have found it to be a very different experience from staying with friends or renting a holiday cottage. I feel as if I haveContinue reading “Blue is my favourite colour”