Back to Le Shack and a sense of déjà-vu

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on August 27th 2021 We arrived back at Le Shack on Tuesday afternoon. We’ve only been gone two months but it doesn’t take nature long to re-establish itself. For those of you who have followed us as we gradually reclaimed this wilderness since we moved in late lastContinue reading “Back to Le Shack and a sense of déjà-vu”

Slipping the lines – from Basse-Ham to Epinal

Hello and welcome to the blog on July 9th 2021 – From Basse-Ham to Epinal There’s something magical about the phrase ‘slipping the lines’. In practical terms it means letting the ropes go but on an emotional level it means freedom, escaping, starting a new life. For such a momentous event I felt we shouldContinue reading “Slipping the lines – from Basse-Ham to Epinal”

Wildlife special and farewell to an old friend

Hello and welcome to the first blog of June 2021. Rain and thunderstorms have kept us at home this week so no more travel pictures for you, but we do have a new selection of wildlife pictures from the trail camera. This is our first sighting of a badger, a bit fuzzy around the edgesContinue reading “Wildlife special and farewell to an old friend”

Need a cure for insomnia? My new book has just been published!

It hardly seems possible that a year has passed since I published my first book, Just Passing Through, about our life on the waterways of France. It has done well, and to my astonishment I now have sales in the USA, Australia, Canada, India and Europe as well as the UK. I know many ofContinue reading “Need a cure for insomnia? My new book has just been published!”

Naked ambition

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on May 7th 2021 With Spring in the air many people are thinking about their gardens. We receive numerous e-mails from gardening companies trying to sell us goods of a horticultural nature but one stood out from the crowd this week. The title was’ World naked gardening day’Continue reading “Naked ambition”

Let it rain

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on April 30th 2021. After weeks of hot, dry weather the rains have finally arrived and our dusty valley has been washed clean. There is a sense that we are on the cusp of an explosion of growth: in the newly seeded fields along the valley floor, inContinue reading “Let it rain”

Vaccinations and Brigitte Bardot

Hello and welcome to the latest blog on April 23rd 2020 Much to my surprise, I had my Covid vaccination this week. They opened it up to the over-sixties last Friday and I got an appointment to have the Pfizer vaccine for the following Monday. We’ve read in the press about people struggling to getContinue reading “Vaccinations and Brigitte Bardot”

A question of perspective

Hello and welcome to the latest blog from Le Shack on April 16th 2021. Technology is working against us at the moment in that our internet signal through the phone is playing up. Or even playing away, as it seems to have disappeared for most of the time. Hence this first photo shows you myContinue reading “A question of perspective”

Read any good books lately?

Welcome to the latest blog from Le Shack on April 9th 2021. This never-ending pandemic and the wearying succession of lockdowns is becoming challenging for a blog that was supposed to be about a life of freedom and travel! However, we will not be beaten, and so this week seems as good a time asContinue reading “Read any good books lately?”

A two-shower household

Welcome to the latest blog from Le Shack on April 2nd 2021 Our abode may be a humble affair but this week we became a two-shower household. I can see you imagining that we have thrown up an extension in the last couple of weeks and now have a de-luxe new bathroom with a fancyContinue reading “A two-shower household”