Crooked House

A country life in France

Shopaholic Week

I don’t seem to have updated in a week. Is the back room finished? Far from it! The painting is completed and everything looks light and bright in there. We decided that after having put in all of that effort, it was worth a little more and that we should do something with the floor. The floor has a history. It is currently bare boards. They were previously sanded and finished but they are madeContinue readingShopaholic Week

In, not out

Dinner last night does not appear to have ruined the Crooked Man and he is back at his DIY work today, doing the topcoat. I wanted him to take the day off but he’s thinking about being liberated tomorrow. Lockdown finishes tonight and we can go places. But only if the painting is completed first. We ate in last night. In as “at home” because there is currently no choice (no room at the inn,Continue readingIn, not out

A change is as good

It’s May Day, aka International Workers Day, and workers are supposed to be resting but the Crooked Man is beavering away in the back room. He is applying undercoat whilst in his boxers. I have his other clothes in the washing machine due to a wee contretemps with the paint tray. I have been up for a look-see and it’s going to be fabulous in there. It looks 200% better already. Tonight I shall cookContinue readingA change is as good

Everything is under control, except for the dust

The Batmobile went for its CT today. The Controle Technique is the regular safety check on vehicles, akin to the MOT in the UK but is only required every other year. This was the Batmobile’s first CT, as it was not very old when we bought it. It’s also our first CT experience. One more step on our path to being properly French. The car passed, as one would expect. It’s a premium vehicle andContinue readingEverything is under control, except for the dust


We broke the law yesterday. Not intentionally, of course, but by a complete inattention to detail. But before all that, the Crooked Man was up and out early and away to Montmorillon for his second Covid vaccination. I have a great sense of relief now that is done. He was gone a long time. Apparently the Montmorillon centre is not as efficient as Auray, where he had his first jab, and certainly nowhere near asContinue readingWhoops!

Forward Progress

When last we looked, the back bedroom was just about emptied. Not a great deal happened yesterday as we returned to the Brico but after a marathon shopping trip, the last of the Millennium Falcon was broken up and stored – well, just about, we need to buy a second set of drawers to get it all fitted in. Today I took the dog out for a long (slow, anyway) walk and returned two findContinue readingForward Progress


Phase 1 one of the Back Bedroom Project is progressing well. The room is emptied of everything except the desk and the Lego and we have vacuumed. The Millennium Falcon is partially disassembled and needs to be completely broken down so that we can store the Lego pieces safely. There is now plenty of room to work on it on the desk! Last night the Crooked Man had to sit on a pouffe to workContinue readingEmpty(ish)

It’s about time that we settled in

When we were house-hunting in France, the Crooked Man was certain that he did not wish to spend his time doing DIY. All of his tools and materials were sold when we left Orkney and we picked the Crooked House as one that had all of its major works done and was immediately habitable. We could have bought far cheaper and had some work to do but we wanted our freedom to travel. The factContinue readingIt’s about time that we settled in

Lost and Bo(a)red

Still not locked down but it cannot be long in coming now. The planned reopening of Restaurants etc. has been set back from 20th January until “at least” mid-February. There will be a further Press Briefing this evening. After a protracted spell of cold weather, which became so cold that Dusty appropriated my chair, with its hand-knit Colinette throw, instead of his own – and I had to find elsewhere to sit… I now haveContinue readingLost and Bo(a)red


Here we are, on the cusp of the year. It’s been a funny one, all told, but one in which I have been grateful that we chose to live here, of all the places that we might have settled. Throughout the pandemic, our Region and our Department have featured at the lesser end of the virus scale. At present our Department, Vienne, is one of only 8 “green” departments remaining (and one of those isContinue readingCusp