Blog posts, beginning with the most recent and dating back to March 2020
Hello everyone and welcome to the latest blog of the Olivia Rose Diaries on November 26th 2021. I had hoped that this blog would be a photo album of the last days of blazing autumn splendour. Unfortunately the splendour has disappeared under a blanket of dank, freezing fog for the whole of the week andContinue reading “Autumn picture gallery”
Hello and welcome to the latest blog of the Olivia Rose Diaries on November 18th 2021. We’ve been back in Le Shack almost two weeks now and I wondered how I would feel about being here after our house-sitting adventure, where we were living in a conventional house with luxuries like central heating and hot waterContinue reading “Guess what arrived in the post this week?”
After all those blue skies in the last blog we then had four days of wild weather with gusts of up to 70 km/hour blasting through the backstreets behind the harbour, knocking rubbish bins over and howling round the eaves. Looking out of the window, my eyes and ears told me to expect cold weather,Continue reading “Quirky, quaint and hidden gems – so very French”
Hello everyone and welcome to the latest blog of the Olivia Rose Diaries on 29th October 2021. We are almost at the end of our first week house-sitting in Marseillan and have found it to be a very different experience from staying with friends or renting a holiday cottage. I feel as if I haveContinue reading “Blue is my favourite colour”
Hello and welcome to the latest blog from The Olivia Rose Diaries on October 21st 2021. There are times when the sense of peace in our magical valley is so intense, so strong that I feel I can almost see it, that I could hold it in my hand, or breathe it in from theContinue reading “A troubled Eden”
Hello and welcome to the latest blog of The Olivia Rose Diaries on October 11th 2021. Apologies for the blog being late this week. It’s been hectic and when we finally arrived back at Le Shack the mobile phone signal which gives us our internet connection, so often eratic over the weekends, had disappeared completely.Continue reading “Wherever I lay my hat, that’s my home.”
Hello and welcome to the latest blog on October 1st 2021. This final week of our trip back to the UK began in a way we never could have foreseen. It started with the press running inflammatory headlines telling people not to panic at the news that a few petrol stations had run out ofContinue reading “A crazy world”
Hello and welcome to the latest blog on the Olivia Rose Diaries on September 24th 2021. We left our friends camping at the coast and are now inland, house-sitting for some friends in the village of Cwmdu in the Brecon Beacons. We lived in this village for eight years, arriving in 2004 and leaving inContinue reading “Wonderful Wales – part two”
Hello everyone and welcome to the latest blog on the Olivia Rose Diaries on September 17th 2021. This week we have been on the coast in west Wales, staying in a small campsite with friends just outside the charming, immaculate, expensive and very touristy village-come-small-town of Newport. We arrived on a grey and wet dayContinue reading “Wonderful Wales – part one”
It is 7.30am and I am standing on the deck of the Brittany Ferries ship ‘Cap Finistere’ as she sails across the Bay of Biscay from Bilbao to Portsmouth. The sea is like a mill pond, black and sluggish below the grey skies of early morning. There is an orange glow on the horizon thatContinue reading “Getting to grips with travelling”
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