Surviving winter

Hello and welcome to the latest blog of The Olivia Rose Diaries on February 20th 2022. It has been five years since we sold our house in Wales, bought our boat and began our nomadic life. Five winters – how quickly time passes. Each of those winters has been very different as we have experimentedContinue reading “Surviving winter”

Five houses and eighty seven animals – the end of our house-sitting season

Hello and welcome to the latest blog of the Olivia Rose Diaries on 11th February 2022. We are beginning to pack up, ready to leave our final house-sit for this winter. We began in late October last year, and have stayed in five very different properties, from a small apartment in the centre of townContinue reading “Five houses and eighty seven animals – the end of our house-sitting season”

The lonely cyclist

Hello everyone and welcome to the latest blog of The Olivia Rose Diaries on February 6th 2022. Seven years ago I bought an electric bike, which allows me to attempt long, hilly routes that previously would have been unthinkable. For the record, and contrary to popular opinion, the rider still has to put in someContinue reading “The lonely cyclist”

Pull up a chair…..

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on The Olivia Rose Diaries on 25th January 2022. There are times as I sit down to write this blog when I wonder what I am going to say, times when I think that nothing exciting has happened and maybe I’ll miss it out for a week. LifeContinue reading “Pull up a chair…..”

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”