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Blog posts, beginning with the most recent and dating back to March 2020

Deer caught on camera

Hello and welcome to the latest blog from The Olivia Rose Diaries on January 27th 2023. It’s 9am and in the woods that surround our field a deer is making its way through the tangled undergrowth. Our trail camera is attached to a tree not far away, and the movement of the deer triggers it.…

Snow memories

Hello and welcome to the latest blog from The Olivia Rose Diaries on January 20th 2023. We have snow at Le Shack! The ground was so sodden after several days of heavy rainfall that we didn’t expect it to settle, but it came down thicker and thicker and eventually won the battle. Snow is a…

Spanish Pyrenees Part 3  –  The Carrion Eaters

Hello and welcome to the latest blog from The Olivia Rose Diaries on January 6th 2023. We recently took a day out to see one of the local places of interest.  Let me share our experience with you. ‘It seems a weird thing to market as a tourist attraction,’ I said as we followed the…

The Spanish Pyrenees – Part 1 Settling in for Christmas

Hello and welcome to the latest blog from The Olivia Rose Diaries on the 21st December 2022. After two weeks at Le Shack we are on the move once more, heading just over the border into the Spanish Pyrenees. We have taken on a house-sit for a month over Christmas and the New Year in…

The Grim Reaper

Hello and welcome to the latest blog from The Olivia Rose Diaries on December 10th 2022. We had travelled back from the UK with a new addition to our armoury in the never-ending war against bracken and brambles in our field – a scythe, a full-size, double-handed tool, with a blade so sharp that it…

Coming home

Hello and welcome to the latest blog from The Olivia Rose Diaries on December 4th 2022. I have something a little different for you this week. We have arrived back at Le Shack and I am pleased to report that all is well. I have written a chapter about our homecoming for my new book,…

Visiting Lac Leman – or is it Lake Geneva?

Hello and welcome to the latest blog from The Olivia Rose Diaries on November 25th 2022. We had been waiting for better weather before driving down to Lac Léman but, as it didn’t materialize, we went down anyway. The cloud inversion was still hanging over the valley as we left and a French friend told…

One goat too many.

Hello and welcome to the latest blog from The Olivia Rose Diaries on November 18th 2022. After four days at one house-sit we are this week travelling on to our next property, an hour away, in a tiny village called Lullin, still in the Alps, south of Thonon les Bains on Lac Leman. We left…

House-sitting in the French Alps

Hello and welcome to the latest blog from The Olivia Rose Diaries on November 11th 2022. It’s that time of year when we begin house-sitting in France and our first one this year is in Gervais les Bains in the French Alps, a shorter stay than usual at just four nights but it slotted neatly…

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