Manny's Blog

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

October 2019 …and beyond

Just a quickie, as I had so much catching up to do last time – I’d decided to be a bit more disciplined! Ha ha …. and now it’s November! The Office takes shape We’re moving on apace with the electrical installation and the plasterboard frames – Having used wood for all the stud walls…

Where have April and May gone?

And already April has been and gone, and we are nearly at the end of May. Hardly surprising that this year has been such a blur… with injury and loss and a lot of trips to the UK. And a few weeks ago we were in Frankfurt installing an exhibition stand for Moulinage du Solier,…

Finding a ‘new normal’

We said goodbye to my wonderful Mum on February 24th at 7.17 am. I was lucky enough to be with her until the end. I was fearful that living in France would mean I would hear the news by phone, but as half term kicked off I jumped on a plane, and Mum and I…

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…