Minimal to Maximal

I've been quiet because we moved house, and haven't had internet (still don't - I'm hotspotting off my phone...not very realiable at all). Plus been a bit hectic, and it's summer hols and the kid are off, I'm meant to be working and amn't... And other excuses. Here's a quick one about moving house. Back … Continue reading Minimal to Maximal

Haphazardly home

So we're not moving to Barcelona. About turn - we're staying in France. And snap decision as of a month or two back (I'm a bit late with my news updates...) - we're moving (if we can) to somewhere just north of the beautiful town of Annecy. I know, I know, that wasn't the plan. … Continue reading Haphazardly home

The Look: how the French make you squirm

So I started researching this article by Googling things like ‘Filthy look, French’. That delivered  lots of translations and suggestions for how to say ‘filthy look’ in French. I tried, ‘French, France, dirty look’ and got articles expressing an opinion that the French are none too clean (hmmm, our own showering rate has definitely declined … Continue reading The Look: how the French make you squirm

My first book – Out Now!

It’s not that her London life is destroying her, but it’s not inspiring her, either. And the fact is, Naomi’s in love - with New Zealand.

Driving on ice!

With the husb going away regularly I decided this week was the week to bite the bullet and have a go at driving in the snow. Even though we have an excellent free in-season bus service between our little town at the top end of the lake, and the main town at the bottom end, … Continue reading Driving on ice!

We did a bit of skiing

In spite of a peculiar blizzard the other day, summer is definitely on the way.  So before the last little lingering patches of snow finally disappear into the ground, I thought I'd prove that we actually did some skiing and enjoyed the snow!  We didn't always torture our children by taking them out in freezing … Continue reading We did a bit of skiing


One of the good things about moving from a three-bedroomed detached house to a 29m2 apartment is that it doesn't take long to settle in.  I mean, there's only so much you can do.  And to be honest, we'd done most of the settling in required over the past year when we'd been doing up … Continue reading Settling