Coming out of hibernation – February sun in Provence 

Since arriving back in the UK after Christmas it seems that it hasn’t stopped raining and most days we appear to have moved directly from dawn to dusk with what appears to be no actual sunlight in between. It just hasn’t got light and to be honest it’s felt as if we have been in…

From Exeter to Avignon – a day of 4 cities

There’s something about travelling that is always a joy. Over the years we’ve come to enjoy the process of getting somewhere almost as much as the actual arrival. Even the 16hr solo drive that Andy tends to do has been much improved with Audible books that help pass the time…. Apparently a great improvement as…

And Pusscat came too….. 

Back in the UK we’re out every evening (come rain or shine) walking the dog either around the village or up through the gates onto Dartmoor – and there is always something lovely about watching the evening settle to dusk. Here in France though we are without the dog at the moment. She hates the…

The first turn of the pedal and only 1500km to go

So that’s it, a couple of years of chatting about it, a good 6 months of planning & more money spent on bikes & equipment than I even want to think about!   This afternoon Andy, George & Tom clipped their shoes in & finally started turning their pedals on a trip that will see…

3 boys, 3 bikes, 1 tent – 1500km – 11 days to go

I can’t believe it, the Tour de France has started, the wonderfully jolly music that goes with the coverage is a constant refrain at home and seemingly all of a sudden it’s only 11 days until they start their cycle.  All being well two weeks today the boys will be starting their third full day…

Le Grand Départ – 4 weeks today

I can’t believe where the last few months have gone – it’s something we often say, but for one reason and another it really does feel as if Christmas was just a few weeks ago for us. All of a sudden reality has hit that 4 weeks from today Andy & the boys will be…

25 weeks and counting…..

I had a quick look at the calendar this weekend and realised that in 25 weeks time we will be pushing our bikes off the Ferry at Roscoff and starting, what we hope will be, a fantastic cycle ride through France to eventually dip our toes in the Mediterranean at Sete. As I mentioned in the last…

N is for Nature – Flora, Fauna & sometimes a snake!

I can’t help it, I really enjoy being close to nature. We live in a small village, nearly 1000 feet up on Dartmoor within the National Park so we have a daily procession of sheep, cows and ponies walking past our front gate – and occasionally breaking in to eat whatever they can find in…

A peaceful escape & a view to die for

Generally when you think of the Luberon the villages of Gordes, Lacoste & Roussillon come to mind. It goes without saying that they are spectacular and beautiful places, but at the height of the summer their narrow streets are busy and I find that they can be far from relaxing places to visit. If like me,…

Lock, Stock & Barrel or a Foot in Both Camps

What seemed like a simple decision a few days ago, perhaps is slightly more complicated than we first thought (particularly as my husband’s cycling shorts have now finally dried out!!) Don’t get me wrong the lure of living in the Luberon is huge, fuelled by the thought of sunshine, cycling (without getting soaked to the…