Blossom

Our long established cherry trees have burst into flower this week. The warmer weather has arrived and the garden is returning to life. Cherry blossom Detail of a cherry blossom Detail of a cherry blossom My work is keeping me trapped inside for the bulk of the day but, when I can in the late evening, I am outside. Detail of plum blossom Read more →

Snake in the Grass

Snake in the grass The texture of the snake gave it away. The light reflecting off the skin seemed out of place, somehow unnatural and unnerving. It took a moment to figure out what had caught me off guard. Once found, my only thought was getting the camera. Read more →

Easter Baking and Brambles

After too many years without, this is our first Easter with a proper oven. What better time than to bake some hot cross buns? Ring of hot cross buns cooling on a rack. Hot cross buns cooling. Hot cross bun split apart. Spring and Brambles Spring has officially arrived but the weather has yet to take note. I have never been so keen to see the greenery return to the landscape. Read more →

Toggler Bolt and Screw

Having mentioned the Toggler bolt in my last post, below is a better photo. M6 sized Toggler bolt and screw The bottom photo is misleading. The bolt goes into the metal bar from the opposite direction, between the plastic strands. Read more →

Metal Studs and TV Mounts

Mounting our television onto our internal wall took more time and effort than expected. Our internal walls have metal studs and thus defy traditional advice aimed at wood studs or brick walls. We had long planned to mount our television onto the wall. The height of the television sitting on a low cabinet was not enough. When I reclined, my feet blocked part of the screen. The screen needed to be higher. Read more →

Christmas at Home

This will be our first year celebrating Christmas in our new home. The transition from city to country continues to be the most dramatic lifestyle shift I have known. Happy Christmas. Our first Christmas tree. Snowflake cookie cutter Our traditional snowflake gingerbread biscuits Christmas decorations in Lyon's Part Dieu commercial centre Decorations illuminate a square in a French town. A street lamp with an illuminated Bonnes Fêtes decoration Read more →

Snow and Warmth

For the first time in years, we watched snow falling while feeling warm. Snow in the valley. Allier, France. The snow arrived a few days ago. A welcome flurry of flakes just in time before our guests had to head home. When our guests arrived, Autumnal leaves were still on the trees; as they left, we drove through a stunning snow covered landscape. Inside looking out on snow. Being able to stand inside and look out across a snowy landscape is a treat. Read more →

Welcoming Our First Guests

We enjoyed having our first visitors to stay. It was an opportunity to see if the house design worked with guests, it did, and to take numerous photos, I did. Our house is not luxurious but it is warm and designed to make use of every square metre. We do not have a dedicated guest room. When guests come to stay, we transform what has become Megan’s office into the guest room. Read more →

Internet At Home Without a Phone Line

Our house move is nearly upon us and the telecom line has yet to be installed. Rather than panic, I set up a wireless network backed by a 4G mobile/cellular data connection. The resulting connection is enough to work with but I still look forward to having a physical line. The laws of physics mean a physical connection will always outpace a wireless one. Simple Approach By chance I had a spare TP-Link TL-MR3420 bought for family but later no longer required. Read more →