Crooked House

A country life in France

Here, there, everywhere – and nowhere at all

Where do all these yawning gaps come from? Aha – this time I have the answer – I have been busy updating Scattered Thoughts! After a couple of very long posts, time and energy were lacking for coming here to write and as little else had happened other than a shopping delivery or two, it seemed unimportant.Also spending far too much time at Facebook, which I am trying to give up but it keeps onContinue readingHere, there, everywhere – and nowhere at all

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

A void

Really wanting to get this diary thing going but another day passed with nothing written. Not much happening. I washed towels and got them out on the line. They didn’t dry well due to a drop in air temperature. We lit the fire. I cooked. Trying hard to return to low carb eating, so we had a healthy but tasty meal. I roasted cod wrapped in prosciutto, served on a tomato and pepper sauce andContinue readingA void

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

Keeping Busy

Almost fell at the first hurdle today. It has been a very busy one, leaving little time to visit the blog. The day has been spent between laundry and kitchen. It was too good a day not to catch up on the post-trip washing, so I tackled that in between the necessary task of checking food stores and meal planning. We shopped on Thursday, on our way home from our final stop at Capdenac. IContinue readingKeeping Busy

Déja Vu

Here we are: Lockdown v2.0 began at midnight last night. We arrived home from a month-long trip just after lunchtime yesterday, squeaking in under the wire rather better than we did in March, when we were an hour or two late and had to come home, attestation in hand. Lockdown v1 did not gain as much of my attention here as it should have done. It has been pointed out to me how important itContinue readingDéja Vu

Stuff that kept us busy for a while

There were other constructions but they don’t appear to have made it onto my camera card so are not currently available f or inclusion. Together with the daily dog walk (health permitting) and a deal of sun bathing, it all helped to pass the time and our 8 weeks were up almost before they seemed to have started. The Date Night thing was excellent. It helped to pass the time in planning, prepping and cooking.Continue readingStuff that kept us busy for a while

Where was I?

Now, where was I? I was saying (a long time ago) that I couldn’t get automatic posting from Instagram to work. I notice that in my absence the applet suddenly began to play nicely (1, 2, 3)! It needs some fine tuning I think. And wherever have I been and where are my Lockdown updates? It went roughly like this: After six weeks of Lockdown, on the 27th of April, I was suddenly catapulted intoContinue readingWhere was I?

Another Day, Another Week, Another Month

It was not unexpected last evening, when M. Macron announced an extension to the lockdown until May 11th. That is another four weeks. There is no hint yet as to whether it is expected to extend beyond that period or if instead we shall be seeing a relaxation of our restrictions. I am not very good with figures and especially not so with graphs but it looks to me as though France may not haveContinue readingAnother Day, Another Week, Another Month

One Month Later…

It is difficult to believe that tomorrow we enter our fifth week of physical distancing (aka Lockdown). The time is passing so quickly and evidence of this would seem to be the fact that I never found the time to sit down during this past week to write the words “we are in our fourth week“. M. Macron speaks to the nation this evening and it is widely expected that he will be increasing ourContinue readingOne Month Later…

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