Manny's Blog

Mum, Actress, Singer, Teacher… Indie publisher — Renovating and Living in France

Recovery and Reflection

A few days ago was our Harry’s 24th birthday – so before I write another word, I’d like to share this extraordinary tribute Beth created for him – it’s the first instalment of a 5 part montage project she is doing this year. Each video will be dedicated to a member of the family; moments…

And we’re in – Happy New Year to one and all!!

Our first Christmas in Solignac! What a momentous thing! Absolutely loved every minute of it! Before we go any further, here’s our Bethy’s wonderful Christmas video for this year – rounding up 2018 for us. We think it’s her best ever! I have to confess that with Arty on his travels, and so much of…

Autumn snowfall

So a couple of weeks ago snow was forecast, and we thought – yeah yeah, it’ll be a light dusting which will be gone in a flash… how wrong we were, and the region was as caught out as we were! This was what greeted us when we arrived at the house on the Tuesday…

October Skies

A new home for us – a new home for the blog! Thanks Harry Atkins for my glorious new blog site! All the old blogs have been transferred here – I was approaching the limit of the  media I could upload on my WordPress site, so Harry kindly made me a new home, where I…

Feeling Hot Hot Hot

Summer is well underway and we have so much to report! Family news first – So Arty got his Bac – with a Mention Très Bien – what a total hero. Cass, his girlfriend also got a Mention Très bien … clever, hardworking pair!       He’s bought a great little car and is…

A Taste of Summer

Here we are in May already – Blue skies and long grass, and the field is full of wild flowers.  I’m back at work again, with fingers strapped but able to drive! Lots to tell – lots to show… so let’s get started! Velux marathon! Having abandoned the first Velux after my finger episode, we…

March winds and April showers

So here’s the low down for March and April… and the end of Feb too, it’s been a while, sorry! There has been a lot of snow!  Every time we think it’s stopped there seems to be another little bout of it! Finally though, I think we’re done. The famous Tence jonquilles (daffodils) are out in…

Snow, snow and more snow

Stunningly beautiful snowy wintery weather has been with us for much of January and February – but we started the year with a few days of T-shirt-worthy sunshine, which we took advantage of to continue working on our beautiful bed-head beam. It was the only time we got outside though… there has been a lot…

Let the New Year begin!

So 2018 is upon us it seems – it arrived so fast my head is spinning! Hope you had the most wonderful of Christmases and the New Year celebration of your choice! (Ours was a cosy, quiet and extremely relaxed affair!) Before you read any further, please take a look at this year’s Christmas video…

A November to remember

First snow and WINDOWS…and a big old hole in the ground! November has been a month of giant leaps for us! We’ve still got Harry with us, already half way through his twenty hours of driving lessons and he seems to be a natural so fingers crossed he has his test before Christmas! Meanwhile, having…