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”

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!”

And now for something completely different…..

Welcome to the latest blog on March 26th 2021. Something a little different this week for all of us. As many of you will know I published my first book, Just Passing Through, following our first three seasons on our boat, almost a year ago, on April 11th. I had hoped to follow up withContinue reading “And now for something completely different…..”

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”

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”

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”

Wildlife special

Hello and welcome to this wild life special as part of my blog about living off-grid on November 27th 2020. I enjoy being ‘in the nature’ as the French call it, but I am no expert on flora and fauna, nor am I of the disposition to spend long hours patiently watching and waiting forContinue reading “Wildlife special”