10 things learned whilst being a jeune fille au pair

Whilst I do not claim to have enjoyed my au pair misadventures (suffered ever such a long time ago now, and happily forgotten for all but a few moments each year) I must acknowledge that it was a wonderful learning experience and taught me so many undiscovered things about myself, about the area and about life in general. Here are ten things I learned from … Continue reading 10 things learned whilst being a jeune fille au pair

La vie en France: Seven years today!

Today marks my seventh anniversary of living abroad! On the 8th March 2011 I set out on an intended four month adventure to the French suburbs surrounding the Swiss metropolis of Geneva. Four homes and seven years later (with some border hopping in the middle), here I am still. Having done virtually no research save for previously reading a host of Victorian governess novels I … Continue reading La vie en France: Seven years today!

Using Gravatar to build traffic

Originally posted on Wibble:
This short wibblette is intended for newcomers to WordPress; my aim is to show you how to set up Gravatar to help you build traffic to your site. First of all: what is ‘Gravatar’? This is what my Gravatar looks like An ‘avatar’ is an image that represents you online — a little picture that appears next to your name when… Continue reading Using Gravatar to build traffic

Blogger Appreciation Award

My lovely new friends, An Irish Procrastinator and Becca, have both been kind enough to nominate me for a Blogger Appreciation Award. I am very grateful for their appreciation and I thoroughly appreciate both of their blogs in my turn. Between them they provide a sizeable chunk of my weekly reading entertainment, and are responsible for my new found knowledge of wonderful Dorothy Parker quotes (Thanks I.P.!) and … Continue reading Blogger Appreciation Award

Slip slidin’ away dans la neige

Book of the day: William the Outlaw, by Richmal Crompton In the infamous words of William Brown, outlaw and Indian chief, today we are ‘macarooned’. We are (not quite) cut off from the rest of the world by several inches of snow, which has fallen heavily for the past two days, and venturing further afield than the bottom of the drive requires chaînes à neige … Continue reading Slip slidin’ away dans la neige