Cycling in the Creuse

Guest cyclists

Cycling in the Creuse is very popular, in particular the ‘Tour de Creuse’ cycle route which takes in a large circular route around the department. It is over 320 km of signposted cycle routes taking in some of the most beautiful Creuse scenery. The closest section to us from Chambon-sur-Vousize to Chatelus Malvaleix is a […]

Best place to eat locally

best place to eat locally

We have a few favourites, but the best place to eat locally (with the exception of Table D’hotes at L’Ancienne Boucherie of course ha ha) is Le Chalet des Pierre Jaumâtres. It’s elevated aspect overlooking the Creuse Valley and fabulous food make for a great meal out.  In addition it is located next to the […]

Living the Dream

Living the dream

That’s what we all want, isn’t it, to be ‘living the dream’! That’s why we make the leap to sell up, leave family and move to a new country to live the dream, whatever that might mean to each of us. We were actually asked the other day by another British couple that we met […]

Spring has sprung!


I keep getting glimpses of it, tantalising spells of good weather that lulls me and the French garden into a false sense of security……thinking it’s nearly here. Thinking I can start sowing seeds when it’s really a little early yet, unless you have some warm windowsills. Thinking we can get all those big jobs in […]

Banking in France

banking in france

Never have I appreciated banking in the UK as much till I moved to France. I still have a UK bank which is free to use and provides online banking and a cheque book. Savour it whilst it lasts. Free banking in France doesn’t exist as freely as in the UK.  We have a very […]


cosy november fire side picture

November is the perfect time of year to hibernate with a bowl of hot creamy soup, a mug of steamy chocolate and a good film, especially now that many of us are locked down once again. John is a film addict so he’s started to watch Christmas films. It’s only early in November but we […]

Autumn Beckons


With Autumn just around the corner, what are your favourite things about this time of the year?  Is it the crunch of the leaves under foot, or the feel of your much-loved woolly jumper?  We grasp for the last opportunities to relax or eat outdoors as the evenings start to cool and the nights draw […]

Summertime slushies

alcoholic drinks

You had me at summertime slushies! Perfect for hanging out and enjoying a beautiful sunny day, we give you the delicious Pineapple Rum Slush to celebrate #NationalRumDay on 16th August 2020.   Ingredients: 4 cups frozen pineapple 1 cup coconut milk from a can 1 cup gold or dark rum Maraschino cherries optional garnish Pineapple […]

Summer has arrived

summer has arrived

Summer has definitely arrived and for those of us fortunate enough to have a garden, most of us want to savour our time spent in it. One of the things in France we really enjoy at this time of the year is being able to have our meals outside. There’s something truly magical about dining […]

Why you should book direct!

book direct

John and I are fortunate. We have other sources of income so the Covid-19 outbreak hasn’t greatly affected us, other than limiting our lifestyle but that’s a small price to pay in the scheme of things. Unfortunately for many other’s in the hospitality & other sectors the impact has been catastrophic, particularly for small businesses. […]