The wild boar connection

Welcome to the last blog of January. Another week has passed and it’s been a wet one. I have put sunshine on my shopping list but it seems to be out of stock, a bit like the empty shelves in the Marks and Spencer store in Paris who are struggling to get British goods throughContinue reading “The wild boar connection”

A sight for sore eyes…. January 22nd 2021

It’s been months since you’ve seen a picture of our boat, Olivia Rose, so here’s a picture to keep the memory alive, for me as much as for you. The capitaine of the marina where Olivia is spending the winter on the Moselle in north eastern France was kind enough to send us this pictureContinue reading “A sight for sore eyes…. January 22nd 2021”

They didn’t teach me that at school. January 14th 2021

We were treated to a day or two of snowy weather this week, apparently not a regular occurrence here even though we are so near to the mountains. It was only the lightest of dusting however, so instead of building snowmen and tobogganing down the field like happy children we contented ourselves with a walkContinue reading “They didn’t teach me that at school. January 14th 2021”

Love makes the world a better place – or failing that, try a box of chocolates!

Hello and welcome to the last blog of 2020. Christmas is a funny time of year at the best of times, let alone in what currently feels like the worst of times. All that pressure to make it a special day, maybe the best day of the year. You can tell a great deal aboutContinue reading “Love makes the world a better place – or failing that, try a box of chocolates!”

Sometimes a bit of a routine can be a good thing

Welcome to the latest blog about our lives in our off-grid cabin in France. It’s December 11th 2020 and a rainy and wet day. I’m not generally a lover of routine. When we are on the boat we have only one routine – get up and turn the engine on. You could argue that everyContinue reading “Sometimes a bit of a routine can be a good thing”

The comfort of a good wood pile

Welcome to this weeks blog (Dec 4th 2020) about life in our off-grid cabin in France. Now that the higher priority jobs have been done in Le Shack we have given ourselves a break from indoor jobs and turned our attention outside. The month of November has been incredibly sunny and warm and it seemedContinue reading “The comfort of a good wood pile”

Wildlife special

Hello and welcome to this wild life special as part of my blog about living off-grid on November 27th 2020. I enjoy being ‘in the nature’ as the French call it, but I am no expert on flora and fauna, nor am I of the disposition to spend long hours patiently watching and waiting forContinue reading “Wildlife special”

Let’s talk about composting toilets

Welcome to Le Shack and my blog about life in an off-grid cabin in France. The subject this week is not for the squeamish for we are going to talk about composting toilets. That’s not a phrase you hear very often for the simple reason that we don’t talk about toilets, or certainly not whatContinue reading “Let’s talk about composting toilets”