Apartment v House? Where People Live..

Since we moved to France, at least three 'open' areas (fields) have been filled in with small, inexpensive, 'starter' houses.  They spring up like mushrooms overnight and are fully occupied within minutes of being finished.  Houses are becoming popular.  We, Brit's and Americans, tend to live in houses.  In the Mediterranean countries, people live in … Continue reading…

The Shutter Question: To Close or Not To Close

Our house in the U.S., like so many, had fake shutters.  You know the kind, put on either side of a window as decoration, serving no useful purpose.  Here, in France, like everyone else, we have proper, real, working shutters on every window and door.  But we don't use them and our neighbors are quite … Continue reading…

Life’s a Beach…. or should be once in a while

As I sit at my desk to begin the work for the day (today is ‘computer day’ vs. yesterday which was ‘weeding day’ – god my life is regimented…..and boring!) first the little brown dog (75 lbs/35 kilos) comes running up the stairs to see if it’s time for second walk.  Disappointed to see me … Continue reading…

Eating on the Road…Road Trip Food

Nothing more clearly defines a culture than food: kinds of food, dining hours, eating habits, etc.  This is never more obvious here than in warm weather.  The French are a very orderly people.  They are not given to change easily and are somewhat leery of trying new things.  (I brought Boston Baked Beans to a … Continue reading…

Weeding and Gardening, 101

Weeding has to be one of the most excruciatingly boring jobs in the world (thank god for my ipod).  I didn't realize this when we lived In Ireland.  Our entire garden consisted of a postage-stamp size lawn that mon mari used to cut with a scythe-thingy on the end of a golf club: swing practice … Continue reading…

The Mobile Distillery – Liquor on Wheels

Here, deep in the French countryside, things are 'still' done locally.  The bread truck comes to the house twice a week, the ham truck comes three or four times a year, there is often a notice in the post from one of the local farmers for eggs, chickens, beef, pork or homemade sausage.  So it … Continue reading…

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