I’ve shared a few photos recently on Instagram and Facebook from this little evening outing. Paul and Hugo were out walking the dog, and knew immediately when they saw the way the light was hitting the fields that I’d want to see it and photograph it. So they kindly came back for me and drove […]
Sadly, we had a huge tree come down here at Chataigne House in France. Part of it fell down in a storm, and it took another two leylandii which were forming an archway to the pool area with it. We were lucky it didn’t land on the pool house or heater. But unfortunately, it meant the […]
Last year we developed a ‘Bucket and Spade’ list for our summer activities. Since a bucket list is meant to be things to do before you ‘kick the bucket’, we thought bucket and spade list was a bit less morbid!! Anyway, here we are in France already, having been taken by surprise by the earlier school […]
I just loved the way Hugo was strolling confidently towards the castle in this photo! This castle is actually called a Donjon. It is a major part of a medieval castle and the most important monument in Niort, in the Poitou-Charentes. In part the donjon dates from the 12th century, when it was built in […]
It’s always disappointing when you arrive abroad and the weather is no better than that you left at home. However, I’m consoling myself with the fact that it was quite dull when we arrived in France last year, and it soon brightened up enough for pool time and outdoor barbecues!
We hadn’t heard of Firemizer until we were asked to take a look at it, but our log burner at Chataigne House in France is quite old, so anything which could help with its efficiency is very welcome! Firemizer is an award winning, fuel saving device which optimizes the performance of fuel in solid fuel stoves and […]
Hello! Autumn is here, it’s official! So, great time to look back at our summer in France. You may have seen that each of us made our own Bucket and Spade Lists for the things we wanted to do this summer. How did we get on? Did we fill our buckets with fun and adventure? […]
You don’t have to be a true Francophile to appreciate everything that is wonderful about French Markets. Here are a few words and a lot of pictures to show you why we love them so much: The sense of community. An entire village, often run down and sleepy, and looking quite ‘closed’, completely comes alive […]
I’m busy reviewing my Summer Bucket and Spade List, ticking off what we achieved during the summer, and smiling along the way. I love the quaint French country houses, I could look at them all day. Here’s one along the Marais Poitevin. Isn’t it gorgeous?
*Sigh* this was our final visit to probably our favourite restaurant for lunch when we were in France. Back home, back to reality now. The restaurant is totally my style – relaxed and eclectic, a bit bohemian and ‘shabby chic’. Even the arrangement of the barn outside reflects this! Here are my boys, ready for […]