The Olivia Rose Diaries
Welcome to the 20th blog of The Olivia Rose Diaries on the 19th September 2020. I realise these diaries are in need of a new name now that we are splitting our lives into two halves each year. However I think that might be too complicated so the name stays, but I shall amend theContinue reading “Driving to Le Shack”
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”
Welcome to the 18th blog of The Olivia Rose Diaries on September 4th 2020. This week we left the River Saar and joined the Canal des Houillères de la Sarre. Oh what a joy to be back on these smaller waterways. After so long on the big rivers it almost feels like we have endedContinue reading “The Joy of Small Things”
Hello again and welcome to the 17th blog in The Olivia Rose Diaries on August 29th 2020. We are on the move again! We have decided that we will re-trace our steps from last year and cruise around the Moselle/Saar loop, passing through Germany, Luxembourg and then back into France. At the beginning of theContinue reading “‘Slipping the lines – one last cruise before the season ends.’”
Welcome to the 16th blog of The Olivia Rose Diaries on July 30th 2020. We are still out on the road, in our campervan-come-tender-to Olivia, touring in the south western corner of France. We’ve never been people who like crowds. Long before this new Covid-world, we avoided the cities, the festival circuits, museums and crowdedContinue reading “The un-invited guest at the party”
Welcome to the 15th blog of The Olivia Rose Diaries. It feels like ages since my last blog in late June – how I have missed writing it and receiving all your replies in turn. It has occurred to me that I shouldn’t be calling this The Olivia Rose Diaries whilst we are taking aContinue reading “On the road again”
Welcome to the 14th blog of The Olivia Rose Diaries on June 27th 2020 I think you only begin to understand a country when you stop being a holiday-maker and start living as the local people do. Ordering packages, in our case two solar panels, a charger unit and a replacement battery for my laptop,Continue reading “Not the summer we expected…..”
Welcome to Blog number 13 of the Olivia Rose Diaries on June 14th 2020. On Sunday 7th June 2020, after eighty-seven days trapped in the marina at Basse-Ham on the Moselle in northern France because of the Coronavirus, we finally slipped the lines and made our escape. We waved goodbye to our new French friends,Continue reading “Thwarted by weed”
Welcome to the 12th blog in the Olivia Rose Diaries. We’re still in Basse Ham! We had hoped to leave mid-week but the weather turned against us, with a series of thunderstorms, torrential rain and very strong winds. We’re under no pressure to leave, and had no desire to battle our way through that sortContinue reading “Almost – but not quite – on the water”
Thursday 28th May was another of those BIG DAYS, the day when the French government were due to release details of the next stage of de-confinement. It hardly seems possible that the last of these ‘big days’ was just under three weeks ago. Time flies and we so quickly forget things. The announcement wasn’t dueContinue reading “Freedom beckons – just a few more days to go.”
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