Day 118 – and now…. how to organise ‘The wedding of the year’ party in 24 hrs from France?

Just realised……. having only just opted to stay, that I don’t have even one Union Jack to wave on the terrace tomorrow, or a terrace party planned for the 7 survivors of the extra long Easter holiday in France….  although Hubbie has just pointed out over lunch, that I have a Union Jack scarf with … Continue reading

Day 117 – BFF’s with the next door neighbours! – celebrated with stir-fried salt and pepper squid….

I have quietly simmered away for the last 6 months.  We arrived here in October (to be more precise, at Halloween) to discover our french next door neighbours had erected yet another shed in their back yard, this time over 2 foot higher than our fence and painted a hideous blue and white with a … Continue reading

Day 116 – A lunchtime special…. Mackerel Pate

It’s not often that I come across a Blog where I just would so love to lead that life, but this one is just so inspirational, that I just had to spread the word, to my like-minded friends! Yesterday morning,  I prepared a light lunch for friends popping in, using the left-overs (don’t worry – … Continue reading

Day 115 – Should I stay or should I go now….

Should I stay or should I go now? If I go there will be trouble, and if I stay it will be double. So you gotta let me know Should I stay or should I go? – The Clash Work, commitments, kids play dates, gardens drying up in the heat at home, Hubbie’s business, money … Continue reading

Day 114 – The Easter Bunny

Despite eating bunny ironically on Friday evening, the real Easter Bunny still arrived in our Garden overnight, along with a heavy dose of summer sun. This of course resulted in total chocolate overload, hyper kids, and stressed parents…… There was only way to solve this.  Decamp to the beach, take a long lunch, and chill … Continue reading

Day 113.5 – it rained ;(

Finally we faced the hard truth that sometimes good things have to come to a natural end (and hence there is an updated post for day 113 called 113.5!).  It might have been due to the impending arrival of another ‘Howard’ to Concarneau (which usually signifies a change in the weather!), or just the fact … Continue reading

Day 113 – Crabby Patty went into the Hot Tub

What do you say to a 6 year old when he asks, what happened to Crabby Patty? Let me explain.  The Big Boys were well impressed.  The guys next door, have been dropping a net off our beach every day and night for the last week.  And this morning they landed a very very big … Continue reading

Day 112 – foraging for Oysters…..

We hit low tide here at 2.39 this afternoon, so the Big Boys headed out for Oyster rocks, our favourite off beach location for foraging Oysters and Mussels.  Their return was triumphant, a whole tub of oysters and seaweed for our BBQ feast tonight.  Rog & Carol were already here in Brittany, Pieter, Jules and … Continue reading

Day 111 – The things I have to put up with……

I mean, why do I have to share my house with so many little people?  I love my vacations but sorry, on my terms only!  I just want to be able to lounge, snooze, watch the ‘birds’, chase anything that moves, and eat and drink to my heart’s content. This morning was a case point, … Continue reading

Day 110 – How many candles?……not possible!

Hip hip hoorah! and what a fabulous day! It’s lovely how easy and effective it is for everyone to send messages nowadays.  From my friends and family wherever and whatever, the birthday wishes came in, all day.  Via FB, email, sms and even real phone calls and snail mail (my family’s favourite!).  Pals from 20/15/10/5 … Continue reading