Manny's Blog

Sharing our French adventure as we live and work and renovate our forever home in the Haute Loire.

The Family

Written in 2011 – look at those little cuties!

So much has changed since I wrote this family page – glance through the blogs if you want to find out what they’re all up to now!

Luke, Me, Beth, Arty, Joe and Harry in 2010

So here we all are – in our garden in France;  we’ve lived here since 2008 after a year of travelling with the children  all around Europe.




Joe… my husband, business partner and best friend!

Joe has been a lighting designer for the last 25 years; working in theatre: West End and on Broadway;  lighting conferences and exhibitions – in fact he was the youngest lighting designer to have a show on Broadway. When we moved to France we set up our company 43 Media (we live in department 43).

We’ve been married for 21 years – and it’s been a blast!



Luke is 20, and at University in St Etienne, having got his Science Baccalaureate last summer –

He’s a dancer,  musician, song-writer, (his name will take you to his facebook music page), and a great sportsman.


Harry, at 16, is at Lycée. He is a technical genius – coding and designing websites, (click his name to check out  his site); designing 3D models, and generally riding the cutting edge of technology like a wave to be surfed. He’s a formidable drummer, and he too is a dancer. At this stage, this blog has been set up by me alone…without his patient guidance…this is a first, and I don’t expect it will be long before I need him!


Beth is 13…my beautiful daughter, she sings, plays guitar, writes her own songs, takes fantastic photographs, makes movies and is already a very clever editor- check out her youtube channel – (her name will link you).


And Arty – aged 11, footballer (played goalie for the local team) and now golfer; he’s wise beyond his years, always grasping the bigger picture.

(These gorgeous portraits were taken by Joe  – even the one with him in! – check out more of his photography on the 43 Media site)