The Chou and la grue

Looking for Adventure is like playing a game of ‘Hide and Seek’. Sometimes it is my turn to seek, and Adventure hides herself away in the most unlikely of places. Sometimes Adventure looks for me. I may think that I have found the perfect hiding spot, and am sitting tucked up in a ball in the dark, with my arms wrapped round my knees, giggling … Continue reading The Chou and la grue

Gourdon Bennett! C’est quoi ça?

Do you have a lawn that you hate cutting? Half a garden that you’d rather not access? A partner whom you trust enough not to sneak out at night and perform a mass plant exorcism? Neighbouring children that you’d like to scare by making your home imitate the set for a horror film? A penchant for analysing the progress of mould? A passion for planning … Continue reading Gourdon Bennett! C’est quoi ça?

Psycho killer, qu’est-ce que c’est?….Run, run, run, run, run, run, run away!

It has recently occurred to me that I have unwittingly developed a bordering-on-unhealthy obsession with James Norton (talented actor and eye candy). I realised that, on average, I think about him once every two days, and then very intensely. Sometimes the bounder even invades my dreams. If this meant that I simply turn into a drooling heap of female desire every time he appears in … Continue reading Psycho killer, qu’est-ce que c’est?….Run, run, run, run, run, run, run away!

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!

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