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

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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…

Autumn sunshine – October already!

  So September came and went in a whirl! I spent a glorious, laughter-filled week in Faro with my lovely Mum…   – All (literally all) Joe’s family gathered in York for his Mum’s 80th Birthday; we had the most wonderful precious weekend, with all our lot staying in a beautiful Airbnb farmhouse – Owl Cottage…

La Rentrée – wish this summer could go on forever!

September is upon us… Harry’s been with us for a weekend visit; and for one historic half hour we were all together – Now Harry’s back in Paris – I’ve just dropped Beth off at the airport heading back to the UK for her second year at UCA. Arty and I started back at lycée…

Making concrete, breaking concrete and putting up walls…August 2017

Welcome to summer in Solignac – we’ve been moving and grooving our way through July and August – here’s what we’ve been up to! Laying concrete… We’ve laid a few more concrete floors – Arty and Cloe make a formidable team… they work and work until the job’s done, and Joe is refining his concreting…

June and July 2017- sunshine and glitter…

News in brief… Our lovely Hills had to leave us with a chronic shoulder pain and docs orders to stop using it while it repairs – she spent her last month in France recuperating with her French ‘family’ in Provence – (from her French exchange when she was 16!) – she blogs her time here…

February/March 2017 – Spring is in the air…and snow…and sawdust!

We’ve powered on through February -the weather has been glorious… mostly! Still basically in demolition mode, here’s what we’ve achieved this month: We got the water turned on without a hitch… and discovered that the little water heater in the kitchen still works perfectly! It’s destined for Joe’s workshop later, but for now it means we…

The Christmas Videos…and a happy new year!

It was a truly wonderful Christmas here this year – very relaxed, simple and calm – full of laughter and quietly precious family moments…. and an awful lot of (though I say it myself) fabulous food!  As is now an annual tradition,  Beth made a family video as our Christmas card, and  I just wanted…

Hello again!

It’s been a while… but it feels like a good time for a catch up! I was telling a friend about how much I loved writing my blog – reflecting on where I am and what I’m doing with my life… and I realised with astonishment that I last updated more than two years ago!…