• Diamondbacks are a Girl’s Best Friend

    My glamour week is going well – Yves Rocher goodies Monday, haircut Tuesday and a bike ride wearing lipstick Wednesday. Here I am touching up before we set off! We had a great ride this morning. Rors is getting the hang of using his 18 gears so our average speed...


  • Double Take – Appearances Can Be Deceptive

    I had two bad moments on Tuesday. The first was when I got this through the post: I was thrown for a moment. Why did the RSI want more money off me? (The RSI handles the cotisations – social charges – for most self-employed people in France.) I pay my...


  • Yves Rocher – Plant-Based Beauty

    My box of Yves Rocher goodies has arrived. As you read in yesterday’s post, my review of the book Two Lipsticks and a Lover by Helena Frith-Powell, I’m determined to glam myself up a bit and not look too obviously like an ex-pat. I’m now one of the one in...


  • What You Need To Be A Woman In France

    I got this book for 1 cent from an Amazon Marketplace seller. Add 2,99€ postage and it was a bargain. Or was it? This book is going to end up costing me a lot of money because it has made me decide that I must be more of a French...


  • Lilies and Labour

    The first of May is important for two reasons in France – muguet (lily of the valley) and Fête du travail (Labour Day). And, although it may seem unlikely, the two are connected. publicdomainpictures.net Lily of the valley is a good luck flower here in France. With its little bell-like...