Roasted Pepper Pasta Salad; The Hot Pink Shower

Looking at houses has caused this brief meander down D.I.Y. (memory) lane: When we first talked about moving to France a friend warned us not to close the door when inside a room without taking careful note of positioning.  Since the French tend to wall paper everything, including the doors and ceilings, one could be … Continue reading…

Asparagus, Two Ways; The Joys of House Hunting!

When we sold our house in the U.S. we were told to: Remove anything personal; Pack away all decorative stuff; Replace anything obviously worn; And, in general to ‘tart it up a bit’ and keep it looking as good as possible. The philosophy here, apparently, is: When you can no longer find the floor through … Continue reading…

Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken; More Shopping

Pesto Pasta Salad Note to self:  Don't forget to look for closet space!!!!!! We sold our house…. We think. Nothing is as easy here as it is in the U.S.  Or as fast. We've been trying to sell our house for 3 years.  Two weeks ago today we 'agreed a sale'. Then we arranged for … Continue reading…

Roasted Acorn Squash and Autumn Fires

It’s been cool in the evenings this past week, cool enough to start having fires again. We have a furnace and ancient hot water radiators in the house, but fuel is expensive and wood is cheap.  Like all of the locals we have a wood fire every night.  Sitting in front of a crackling fire … Continue reading…

One French Kitchen

As long as I’m baring my soul to the world I thought I’d invite the world into my kitchen!  We live in a fairly modern house, probably only around 200 yrs old.  It belonged to the family we bought it from for 125 years.  It was thoroughly modernized in the ’60’s – as was obvious … Continue reading…

Three Dog Night…Two Dog Day…

We're partially back.  The two humans are accounted for as are the two, carefully measured, cabin bags alloted us.  Oh yes, the 'small plastic bag containing liquids' also arrived safely.  Our checked baggage, not having seen enough of the world in our company, decided to do a bit more traveling.  I thought it was rather … Continue reading…