A beginners guide to an off-grid system and a new feature for the winter – come for a walk with me.

Welcome to the latest news from Le Shack on November 6th 2020. We’ve been here for seven weeks now and our off-grid power system is largely finished. I thought you might be interested in a potted version of how it works and what it actually gives us. Also this week, something completely different. As everybodyContinue reading “A beginners guide to an off-grid system and a new feature for the winter – come for a walk with me.”

In praise of hand-washing but sadly back in to lock-down

Welcome to the latest instalment of our lives in Le Shack on October 30th 2020. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that we don’t have a washing machine. Or a tumble dryer. This is not to say that you can’t have both these appliances in an off-grid system but it requires more capacity, andContinue reading “In praise of hand-washing but sadly back in to lock-down”

The importance of trees

Welcome to the latest news from Le Shack on October 23rd 2020. I know the title of this blog is about trees but first of all I have a question for my female followers. Would you let your husband cut your hair? Until recently I would have answered that question with ‘over my dead body’Continue reading “The importance of trees”

Our first night in Le Shack – but it doesn’t go quite to plan.

Welcome to the next instalment in our off-grid adventure in Le Shack on October 9th 2020. Our first night in Le Shack! A symbolic event that needed to be celebrated with the bottle of Prosecco I’d been saving for the occasion and a special meal. By the time we’d finished the bottle, having had aContinue reading “Our first night in Le Shack – but it doesn’t go quite to plan.”

Off-grid living in Le Shack – first impressions

Welcome to the 21st blog of the The Olivia Rose Diaries and 2nd blog on The Shack on October 3rd 2020. We make a habit of buying properties that are falling apart. Our previous home, an old stone cottage in the hills in Snowdonia in Wales, was a fine example of this. Every small jobContinue reading “Off-grid living in Le Shack – first impressions”

Moving in to Le Shack – the off-grid adventure begins

Welcome to the 21st blog of The Olivia Rose Diaries which I have now combined with our off-grid adventures in Le Shack. Well we’re in! Le Shack is officially our new off-grid home for the six months of winter each year, before we return to our boat Olivia Rose for a summer of carefree cruising.Continue reading “Moving in to Le Shack – the off-grid adventure begins”

The last week of cruising and exciting news for the winter

Welcome to the 19th Blog of The Olivia Rose Diaries on September 11th 2020 Our trip on the Saar-Moselle loop so far has passed through both industrial and rural landscapes. The third and final part of our journey is more urban in nature, taking us through two major cities, Nancy and Metz. The main attractionContinue reading “The last week of cruising and exciting news for the winter”