Brits abroad

Welcome to the latest blog on March 4th 2021. We took another step up the ladder of integrating ourselves into French life this week in that we received our vehicle registration document with our new French number. No longer will we stand out so obviously as ‘Brits abroad’, although of course the driver’s seat, beingContinue reading “Brits abroad”

The hidden world of the infra-red trail camera

Welcome to the latest blog on February 26th 2021 It’s been a strange week in some ways. On the positive side another milestone on the paperwork trail has been reached. We submitted our on-line applications for our residency permits this week and it was one of the easiest and most efficient of all the proceduresContinue reading “The hidden world of the infra-red trail camera”

Bureaucracy for dogs and flower power

Welcome to the latest blog on February 19th 2021. As many of you know, we are in the middle of settling into French life, which has meant far too much of our time has been spent on paperwork as we re-arrange key elements of our lives. Not all of that effort has been on ourContinue reading “Bureaucracy for dogs and flower power”

More than it seems

Welcome to the latest blog on February 12th 2020. Before I turn to the main subject of this week’s blog, I have some new photos for you of the marina where Olivia is currently moored up, sadly neither of them with Olivia in the shot. As you can see it is cold! Temperatures dipped toContinue reading “More than it seems”

Spend, spend, spend!

Welcome to the first blog of February, and a picture of celandines turning their faces skyward along our track. I would like to say Spring has arrived but instead our weather just gets wilder and wetter. The river in the valley has burst its banks and closed the road, the culverts and drains along theContinue reading “Spend, spend, spend!”

The wild boar connection

Welcome to the last blog of January. Another week has passed and it’s been a wet one. I have put sunshine on my shopping list but it seems to be out of stock, a bit like the empty shelves in the Marks and Spencer store in Paris who are struggling to get British goods throughContinue reading “The wild boar connection”

A sight for sore eyes…. January 22nd 2021

It’s been months since you’ve seen a picture of our boat, Olivia Rose, so here’s a picture to keep the memory alive, for me as much as for you. The capitaine of the marina where Olivia is spending the winter on the Moselle in north eastern France was kind enough to send us this pictureContinue reading “A sight for sore eyes…. January 22nd 2021”

They didn’t teach me that at school. January 14th 2021

We were treated to a day or two of snowy weather this week, apparently not a regular occurrence here even though we are so near to the mountains. It was only the lightest of dusting however, so instead of building snowmen and tobogganing down the field like happy children we contented ourselves with a walkContinue reading “They didn’t teach me that at school. January 14th 2021”

Love makes the world a better place – or failing that, try a box of chocolates!

Hello and welcome to the last blog of 2020. Christmas is a funny time of year at the best of times, let alone in what currently feels like the worst of times. All that pressure to make it a special day, maybe the best day of the year. You can tell a great deal aboutContinue reading “Love makes the world a better place – or failing that, try a box of chocolates!”