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I am so lucky!
Friday, November 18, 2016      11 comments

I am so lucky! Yes, I've had a myomectomy and a hysterectomy in the last 6 years, but I've healed well and come through them successfully. Yes, I was in an abusive and violent marriage till 2004, but then I got away with my daughter ... Read more
Back in France, back to working out at home and a new yummy recipe...
Thursday, November 17, 2016      8 comments

On Tuesday, I travelled back to France. Sabina seems happy enough in the knowledge that there are still educational options open to her this year, and we had a lovely week of quality time when she was home from school, so all good. Yesterda... Read more
No workout, just a lo-o-o-ong walk...
Sunday, November 13, 2016      8 comments

I was supposed to help my BFF with some translation for her interpreting course, go to the gym, then carry on with hemming my curtains. Well the day started out well enough, but Sabina was let down by a friend who was supposed to meet her to go ... Read more
'You're pretty capable'
Thursday, November 10, 2016      6 comments

Not what I would ever have thought would be said about me with regard to exercising, but that's what my trainer at the gym said yesterday when she saw me. First of all, it was, I hate you, a standing joke because I am able to spend so much time ... Read more
2 long days...
Wednesday, November 09, 2016      5 comments

So yesterday morning, we got up at 4am and drove to the airport. The night before, my 16 year old daughter, Sabina rang and said she was going to stay with my sister, because she wasn't happy at school and wanted to be further away from it than ... Read more
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.....
Tuesday, November 08, 2016      8 comments

The weekend ended thus, as we're putting back turning on the central heating as utility bills are horrendously high in France and a real fire is just cosier and more romantic. We had a largish breakfast on Sunday, filling rather than stupidly ... Read more
To do is to be....
Friday, November 04, 2016      6 comments

This morning started s-l-o-w-l-y...... We went for a Chinese buffet last night as a treat for Sabina before she flew back to London this afternoon. Tasty food, and I was careful not to go crazy with amounts, preparing well by having a ligh... Read more
Half-term in Lavalette with my daughter visiting for the week - time for autumnal walks
Wednesday, November 02, 2016      5 comments

During the week, I do a 65 minute workout every day, so at weekends I try to drag the family out for walks. Last Saturday, my husband came willingly. Since we have had the house here the last 2 years, we drive to a lot of places, and he talks of... Read more
Ironing = cardio. Well it does for me....
Monday, October 31, 2016      8 comments

No seriously, I've found a way to include cardio with my usually very stationary ironing. Take this morning... I had a small amount of ironing to do: 4 t-shirts, 2 pairs of trousers, 1 king size bedding. That equated to 10 flights of s... Read more
Numbers, numbers, numbers... they don't matter
Friday, October 28, 2016      5 comments

Most of my life, I have been fascinated by, and probably dominated by, numbers. Ever since I could count, I have been interested in number patterns and everything else to do with numbers... how many stairs to the top? How many multiples of... Read more
'French women don't get fat', so the book title said!
Tuesday, October 04, 2016      8 comments

I read a good book this summer, or rather I found it at a French carboot sale and re-discovered it. It was written by the CEO of Veuve Clicqot, a French woman, living mainly in New York. I enjoyed the book again, because it reaffirmed what ... Read more
Moving to France permanently, gradually.....
Monday, October 03, 2016      8 comments

Over the last 2 years since we bought fthe house in Lavalette, a sleepy village not far from Carcassonne, we have been coming over here regularly. In June, Brexit happened after the UK referendum. The result shocked us both, in fact so many of u... Read more
2 days late, but checked in to go home today... (And my garden pics at last)
Thursday, June 16, 2016      3 comments

Tuesday we got to the airport, to be met by a 'cancelled' message on the departures screen for our flight. The French air traffic controllers were striking, so probably safer NOT to fly. So back to the house went, in another hire car , for an ex... Read more
Garden pics - I can see the other end! Just not here......
Monday, June 13, 2016      4 comments

Once again the Internet has just been too slow to upload pics. I'll just have to wait till we get home. ... Read more
Such s-l-o-w internet speeds here...
Sunday, June 12, 2016      3 comments

Last night I wrote a blog, started to try to upload pics, gave up, had dinner and then forgot to save and post it, because uploading photos takes so long at times when we're in France. Now I love it here, a huge house in a peaceful working... Read more

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