Cows, Calves, Shopping – I’m outa here!

The neighboring farmer seperated the calves from the cows yesterday morning.  The calves are now bellering in the fields and the mama's are bellowing and kicking in the barn.  Emergency phone call to our friend in the mountains in Spain (blessed quiet), he's there and ready for visitors.  There is rain in the forecast so … Continue reading…

Cheap red wine and Sangria

Go directly to recipe Spain has long, hot summers.  Spain also has lots of really cheap wine of all colors.  I once had a Spanish friend explain to me that she refused to spend more than 1.50 euros (less than $2.00) on a bottle of red wine because her children (adult) were into the awful, … Continue reading…

Crime (and Punishment) in Andorra

We didn't lock our house in Andorra.  It was common (when we first moved there, before there was permanent traffic gridlock) for people to leave there cars double-parked (there was very little legal parking), unlocked and running while they went into the shops to 'pick up a few things'.  Andorra's small, after all and, because … Continue reading…

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…

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