Category Archives: Southwest France American Expat Blog

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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Holy apertures, Batman!

Although personally suffering from what appears to be multiple fall viruses, the work at Le Coudeau continues. We’re forging ahead with our final projects for the property—the outbuildings. We’ve repaired and replaced much of the roofing on the outbuildings. Since deciding … Continue reading

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Going Through the Roof

With all the chaos still going on around here, I was so delighted to find this little colony of Sternbergia lutea that popped up this month. Now if I can just keep the guys from stomping through them! Will need … Continue reading

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There’s More to a Pool Than Water

Picked up our newest toy today—our pool robot that Theo quickly named “Nessy.” We’re enjoying a wonderful late summer here in the Dordogne and we’re swimming every day. Our habit right now is to wait until the guys leave and … Continue reading

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Going techno-crazy!

Thanks to all of you who have missed my posts. We’re fine and making glorious progress, but are technologically challenged at the moment. Here’s a little update (sans photos). As scheduled, we moved into our guest house a few days … Continue reading

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