Thanks for stopping by. This site started off as a sort of diary of life after our move to France. When we first arrived I enjoyed around 18 months of time just to be with me then young children. Since then the pace of life has picked up: my children are starting to form their own lives around school and friends, I have a business to run, and a new one just launching – plus we still have a house to build. This means the blog is quite far down the list of things to do, so now I occasionally post about general “Life in France” stuff but more often I share routes and write-ups from walks, generally suitable for families, and any cycle routes I find – also with a family-friendly slant. If you want to scroll through the whole thing, hop over to the Blog page. Or you can dive straight into a category that interests you using the links below.

Life in France

A 5-Year Reprieve

It’s been a while since I last posted here. After getting quite into the swing of writing blog posts on this and that, putting a …

A New Blog – and a New Post

Finally! I’ve managed to find time to set up this blog as a self-hosted WordPress site; a task that’s been on my to-do list more …
A small boy wearing a cardigan and carrying his rucksack

He’s Off to Maternelle!

It happened all of a sudden, I suppose. One day we were settled into a routine of school with DD and creche with DS and …

La Fête de la Lumière

This is annual event put on by the MJC in Puivert – a celebration of the Winter solstice and the return of the light. This …

Winter in the Garden

It’s December. It’s definitely colder than summer, but compared to our two previous years here so far winter is shaping up to be a much …
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Places to Visit

It’s the Grand Vacances!

Our first summer in France and also, because DD is at the maternelle rather than at nursery, our first year without any childcare all summer …

From Farm to Farm

Today we ventured out to visit a few local farms who were taking part in the De Ferme en Ferme open day. I’d seen posters …

Good Neighbours 

It’s a long weekend here in France, as with much of Europe (I think), made longer for the us by the fact that DD came …
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Walks

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Bike Rides

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Everything Else

It’s the Grand Vacances!

Our first summer in France and also, because DD is at the maternelle rather than at nursery, our first year without any childcare all summer …

Wasp? Pft. Fear is relative.

The other day this not so little critter put it’s sting into the soft, delicate foot of my DS. Yes, there was screaming and also …

A first taste of hate

It happened. James said it would sooner or later. I was always more optimistic but now the shine has come come off and I’m awake …

Nine months (and a bit) later…

It’s 6 months to the day that we left our old home in the North of England for the far sunnier Sud de la France …

Busy, busy

There’s so much going on right now I have no time to blog about it! What with the classic Easter cold, taking us all down …

21-Day Challenge: No Complaints

Earlier today a friend posted a link to the Calmer You 21-day Complaint Free Challenge, encouraging us to become aware of just how much we complain. It’s said …
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