Now what?

Our wonderful housesit in 110 acres of rolling French countryside has become a 26 square metre apartment on the ground floor of a busy Bordeaux street.  The earplugs are back in use and the rent per month is just under what we paid in bills for a whole year in Read more…

Dancing with indecision

Early morning and I can see the moorhen chicks in the pond, darting around, quick movements.  The sun catches the ripples in the water, the slight breeze causing the leaves to chatter softly in the trees, the green of the hills, gently rolling away into the distance. I love it Read more…

Victoria sponge - photo courtesy of Vicky Milligan

Feeling homesick

Although the sun has finally come out after more endless rain I find myself sitting here thinking of Britain and suddenly I want to go home.  I know it’s easy to wear rose-tinted glasses and only think of the positive but it’s more than that.  It’s a strange thing, the Read more…

In denial? Try a little self acceptance.

The art of self acceptance

“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”        Brené Brown If you’ve been looking down my blog sidebar you will notice I’m a fan of Brené Brown.  It started with a Read more…

Elizabeth's handmade skin cream - good enough to eat!

In the name of Beauty

It is twenty two years since The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf was published.  I read this book avidly, absorbing its every detail, nodding my head in astonished agreement.  Yes, she was right.  As women gained more and more political and social standing, they also conformed more and more to Read more…

Geese heading west

Do you know your limits?

A couple of days ago we went for a walk through the fields and little country lanes, past swollen rivers and sturdy trees hanging on to the last of their colourful leaves.  As we wandered along we heard something, a cacophony of noisy chattering that was getting louder and louder Read more…