Builder Problems in France

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been busy with builder problems this year on our renovation. Talking to other people, I’ve discovered that many, many people have, or have had, problems with builders.  It seems par for the course and with just a tiny prompt their stories tumble out.  It’s the same everywhere,… Read More »

It’s a Brexit

The last few months I’ve been too involved with dealing with building works and its huge problems, that are still continuing, to have time to post, but this subject couldn’t be passed over. I didn’t want to make any political or other similar articles on this blog but this is such a significant outcome that… Read More »

It’s Christmas 2015 – Bah Humbug!

The lead-up to Christmas has not been particularly festive for me. This is mostly due to our renovation works overrunning and trying to work up some sense of urgency in, and juggling timings of, various builders, deliveries, phone and internet services, utilities suppliers and gas certifications.  The snagging list has been long.  Little has gone… Read More »

A Personal View of Auction Rooms – France

Perhaps I imagine too much back story, but to me there’s something intrinsically sad about going to auctions. An auction at the Hotel des Ventes is not as bad as one in situ, as there is usually a variety of sources and reasons for the items coming up for sale, with the addition that you… Read More »

Creating Shabby Chic French Furniture

I’ve been remiss in posting for a while.  Along with visitors, the works on part of our barn have been advancing at a pace and every day there have been things to do or sort out. Part of the ‘things to be done’ was preparing movable furniture for the kitchen as the area will change as… Read More »

Dog Boarding and Dog Fights

I’ve had to go away a couple of times, and since Hector is nearly always sick in the car, I don’t like to take him far to be looked after. As the two dogs can keep each other company, and two dogs are quite an imposition on someone else’s home, I put them in the local SPA for… Read More »

Bastille Day around Beaune – yes more firework photos

We’ve been out for yet more fireworks, and back to Meursault again. Perhaps so as not to compete, or perhaps to prolong festivities, the Meursault fireworks for Bastille Day are held on 13th July (and it seems that many people also have their main celebration on 13th evening as they don’t have to get up for… Read More »

Celebrations as UNESCO lists Burgundy Climats

Along with Champagne, the Burgundian ‘climats’ of the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune have just been listed as World Heritage sites. It’s been a huge amount of work for the Burgundian committee – 8 years to prepare dossiers, put the case across and achieve the recognition.  Apparently, amongst the rewards should be more tourists… Read More »

Welcoming Two Dogs from the S.P.A.

Due to Jakez’s sad demise we adopted not one but two doggies to replace him, from a nearby Société Protectrice des Animaux. Why two dogs?  I’d been thinking about getting a friend for Jakez for a while but it never seemed the right time.  I had thought of getting only one first followed a few… Read More »

La Canicule – our heatwave

I thought it was hot about a month ago, but that was nothing compared to the temperatures now I don’t have an outside thermometer, but my phone app said the temperature last night was still 28C at 23h00. No wonder most of us are having problems sleeping. There was a little breeze yesterday evening, but… Read More »