Crooked House

A country life in France

December Reflections 4: Red

Nature is red in tooth and claw and nobody knows this better than a person that shares their life with cats… At 4 am today there was a thud, followed closely by another thud, and another. It sounded curiously like a rather fat cat pouncing on something. “Has Dusty brought some prey in?” The Crooked Man went to investigate. Dusty had indeed brought some prey in and when he saw his dad, he let goContinue readingDecember Reflections 4: Red

The Cold Light of Day

Nell’s excessive drinking and urination have ramped up considerably. Hence I was outside at a little past 2 am this morning, by which time the car was already covered in a sparkling frost. On the 6 am toilet run, the world was looking fairly well white all over (as viewed through the window from my bed, that is). When we first came house-hunting around here there was snow on the ground (apparently a once inContinue readingThe Cold Light of Day

To summarise…

Currently in the third week of Lockdown v2.0, with week four commencing at midnight on this coming Thursday. Today is Day 20 and I am missing a few posts! We haven’t been doing a great deal – hence, I suppose the lack of diary postings. What has there been to note? “not much,” I thought, but in fact some fairly important/momentous stuff has been happening. We have applied for our new Cartes de Sejour, requiredContinue readingTo summarise…

Lidl Lidl Yum

I was saying, if you recall, that we have renewed our Date Night activities because that really helped me to get through Lockdown v1.0. … Continue readingLidl Lidl Yum

Bare Naked

We are home again, after a month-long trip away. A trip during which I completely failed to get my laptop out. It was good to come home. We were driving along, close to Le Dorat at the time, when I felt that “aren’t we fortunate to live in such a lovely part of France” feeling washing over me. I had a sudden urge to invite all my friends to come and stay and to shareContinue readingBare Naked

To Do List

Not in any way to belittle but “just” a list of Roz’s journal prompts that I have missed. I hope to catch up on at least some of them. My PC is acting up and I have little hope of doing anything at all just now. I’ll crack on once it stops being silly. Journal prompt What were the treasured toys that you possessed when you were a child? Do you still own any treasuresContinue readingTo Do List

Excuse Note

If anybody was wondering where I have been and wasn’t I supposed to be following Roz’s A Month in the Country prompts? Well, yes, I was supposed to be getting back into my writing and I still intend to. We have been away in the van on a couple of trips (and I have some photos and am brewing up some words about a few places) but this is the real culprit! This be theContinue readingExcuse Note

A Month in France: Going around again

A response to today’s journal prompt from Autumn Cottage Diarist … … Continue readingA Month in France: Going around again

A Month in France: This Old French Cottage

A response to today’s journal prompt from Autumn Cottage Diarist … Continue readingA Month in France: This Old French Cottage

Not very instant

I spent much of yesterday in trying to automatically post Instagram uploads from lapetitemaisontordue to this blog. My idea was that as I now have to carry my phone (with my digital Attestation upon it) that there is some sense in taking photos with it as I walk around and then not have to sit and sort through a camera card when I come home. I thought that perhaps it might keep this blog moreContinue readingNot very instant

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