Manny's Blog

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

2016 – brave new year!

I love the beginning of the year. Full of optimism and new energy, I charge through January trying to make things happen! This year my main focus so far has been my Mum’s writing. I wrote this article recently for a warm and wonderful Facebook group of English speaking Mums who live in France. As…

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…

Christmas is a-coming

Thought I’d just have a little catch up on the year – as much for me to reflect as for anyone else! It’s been quite a year of big changes and celebrations – Joe and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary, (and Joe’s 50th birthday) and had the most wonderful weekend of fun here in…

The latest chapter …

This school year has been very different – Beth and Arty are at lycée together, Beth finishing, Arty beginning. There was no post for me this year, so my four years of teaching at lycée have come to a close. This year I’m teaching adults through the Chamber of Commerce, and teaching one day a…

Atkins on a bus!

So we left the UK in July 2007, selling everything and embarking on a great adventure of travelling the world in a bus we had converted into our home. We called our trip “Welcome to the World” https://atkinsonabus.wordpress.com and we spent the most fantastic year on the road… home-schooling; playing concerts whenever and wherever we could and…

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!…

6 months later!

Hello again – I can’t believe I’ve managed to let 6 months pass without a word! Finally there are pauses in the mayhem, and I thought I’d treat myself to a moment’s catch up! So 2012 – turning out to be a rather splendid year for all of us! I’ve been teaching my socks off!…

Good Bye 2011 and a big optimistic hello to 2012!

Time to kiss 2011 goodbye and raise a glass to 2012. It’s been a very mixed year for many of the people I love:  enormous and unexpected losses, some serious highs and lows…but some wonderful new friendships and new beginnings to nurture in 2012. 2011 – the year I lost my magnificent and precious Dad…