• Sorted cutlery and shamrock cupcakes

    I’m serious about getting organised this year. The cutlery drawer was top of my list for decluttering. It was completely out of hand, as this shameful before photo shows. Before - cringe! But after half an hour or so of dedicated tidying, I overcame the muddle. I invested in a...


  • Road trip to Strasbourg – or 1,250 km in 36 hours!

    So we’re safely back from our road trip to Strasbourg. We – eldest son Benj and I – were away for 36 hours. We spent 15 of those in the car – it’s a long way to Strasbourg from the centre of France! It was tiring but a trip well...


  • Sayings about France

    Since I will only have crawled back from Strasbourg a few hours ago, I’m scheduling another blog before I leave to go up in my absence. Here are a few sayings about France and the French that you might enjoy!   An old saying: Raise your right hand if you...


  • Story time – beginning of my book!

    I’m in Strasbourg, so I’ve scheduled this excerpt (the first 2,600 words or so) from my living in France book to appear in my blog. The working title is Heads Above Water. Hope you enjoy!   Chapter 1 __ Aux grands maux les grands remèdes. Desperate times call for desperate...


  • Moving the earth in France

    Not so long ago I was sure we’d witnessed an earthquake. We were walking up our drive when there was an incredibly loud crunching sound. Now, I’d heard something very like that before, many years ago, when there’d been a very short earthquake in Washington, Tyne and Wear. I’d been...