That Sinking Feeling

Last week I definitely had that sinking feeling but not for the reasons that you’re thinking. In fact the sink, yes the one that you have to drive for nearly two hours to order and then collect yourself in two weeks or pay 279 Euros for delivery, actually went in like a dream. Well, of […]

The Kitchen Evolution

Why is it a kitchen evolution? It is a kitchen evolution as it has been 5 weeks since the old kitchen was ripped out. For most people that would be a long time, I suppose. I had an email from someone in the UK and they asked if I was luxuriating in my new kitchen yet. […]

The Fun Begins with Rodent Rage….

Rodent rage? What does that have to do with the new kitchen? I figure that you are either bored by my kitchen posts, or like me, you love a good disaster story! Well, rodent…. the name itself evokes something nasty, dirty and disease  ridden. Something the Pied Piper had to deal with or, more likely, […]

A Night on the Tiles or a Nightmare?

A night on the tiles? Well there certainly hasn’t been any dancing. It’s been over a week of every day working on the floor on our hands and knees, sneezing, aching and more than a few tantrums. In this picture Little Gray is doing his best to blend in with the tiles and  present a […]

Construction Destruction….and a Corpse

It’s been a week of what I call construction destruction. In other words, things have to get worse before they get better.  The floor tiles need to come up ready for new tiles and new lighting, plumbing and electrics need to be installed. The kitchen now looks like this: Being without a kitchen coincided with […]

One Step Forwards, Ten Steps Back

Last week has been very much one step forwards and ten steps back with no time to blog. On Monday we were definitely a step forwards; the new microwave and dishwasher arrived as arranged and we finalised plans for the kitchen. Tuesday was another step forwards; we checked and double checked all the details and decided […]

New Kitchen – The Delivery Saga

It’s been a little fraught…again. We received an email to say that the extractor fan was due for delivery, so we got slightly excited. No delivery came so we went to Nantes for more kitchen research and left my son at home with instructions to investigate if the dogs detected any deliveries, (they can tell […]

New Kitchen? Computer Says ‘Non’…..

A new kitchen? How exciting! Well, as it happens, I’m not getting too excited yet, it’s not exactly taking shape, hence the picture of my beautiful Dexter! I’ve worked it out and the only time I have had a new kitchen, that I have also chosen, was in our first house. I was nineteen and […]

An English Christmas in France

This is our second official English Christmas in France after moving here in 2014 and it’s still very English. I know that if you move to another country it is customary to follow the culture and I think we are doing quite well but old habits die hard, so it’s difficult to give up a […]

Lunch in La Rochelle

I don’t get out much, so a trip to La Rochelle is very exciting for me nowadays. We chose to live in a quiet hamlet amongst farmers for the peace and quiet. I like the fact that we don’t live near a large town….except when I am down to my last pair of flat boots […]