Category Archives: Southwest France American Expat Blog

From Rice to Riches

Now that the frosty days of winter are here, I’ve done due diligence by adding a little bit of weather stripping here and there, where there were gaps. We’ve really noticed a difference, even with that little effort. Don’t know … Continue reading

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

…Theo’s ready to move south, Baby, south!!! Had a light sprinkle of the white stuff last night. I think it’s absolutely beautiful, love the change in season, and know it will be gone by noon. Theo’s not so positive about … Continue reading

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Autumn is in the Air

Our first freeze is behind us, and although it’s been followed by some lovely days, the work of pulling up the annuals and cutting back and mulching the perennials is in full swing. I’m still collecting fallen leaves for the … Continue reading

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Le Tourmania

The Tour de France is coming through our little Lalinde! The whole town is gearing up for about 15 minutes of excitement tomorrow afternoon! I took a little stroll around town this morning and tried to capture the mania. So … Continue reading

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A New Addition to the Family

Our family of automobiles, that is! I’m becoming truly French. Bought the quintessential French car, a Citroën Deux Chevaux, aka, 2CV, Deuche, The Ugly Duckling (Haessliches Entchen), Flying Dustbin, and dozens more. The 2CV is two-cylinder 425 cc (20+ hp!) front-wheel-drive car developed to … Continue reading

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Wait, Where Did May Go?

Enjoying our first Spring in the house. So excited to see what blooms emerge from the plants that have outlived the construction. We are simply enjoying our surroundings and our retirement. We were so happy to welcome two sets of visitors … Continue reading

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To Plant a Garden…

…is to believe in tomorrow.  Since we’re starting the potager from scratch, it’s hard to reign in all of our ideas. But the practical side and the creative side have combined to come up with a solution that will be great for us. We don’t … Continue reading

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A Week to Oneself

Theo is enjoying Köln Karneval in Germany for a week and I happily stayed home with the dogs. If nothing else, Theo and Wolfgang sure are bright (like a kindergarten classroom… or a Mexican taqueria)! Been getting lots done in his … Continue reading

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Just a Bit of New Year Doggie Sweetness

Had to giggle when I took the tree down last week. After removing the white boas, there were lots of single little feathers throughout the tree and on the floor, just as though the little owls had actually been living … Continue reading

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Learning Curve At the Brico

Anything Brico is a big box home improvement store—Bricorama, BricoCash, Brico Depot, Mr. Bricolage, Bricomarche… I tend to go armed with my phone and Google Translate, but also with paper and pen. As literal translations from English to French often … Continue reading

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