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”

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”