I like driving in my car, it’s not quite a Jaguar! Actually, it’s a Hyundai Ioniq hybrid and we bought it last year. Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid I am normally at home a lot, I work from home most of the time and so life in lockdown is not so different, or is it… I could … Continue reading Lockdown France – Driving, or lack of it.
They say not to judge a book by its cover but I need you to do just that. If you liked the cover of my book, What have we got Toulouse: A family moving to France (A mother in France Book 1), please vote for it for the Cover of the Month contest on AllAuthor.com! … Continue reading Help me win Book Cover of the Month
On the 12th March 2020, President Emmanuelle Macron announced to the nation that from the end of the following day (Friday 13th March), schools in France would be closed to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus. This news was met with a mixture of joy for many of the children and either relief or … Continue reading Lockdown France – Schools out!
Week 7 in the big McArthur brother house So, we have been "locked up" now for approaching two months. My husband Gary and I, our four sons (aged 30, 26, 18 and 15), our daughter, our son’s partner and a family friend... Nine of us, seven males with an average age of 30. What have … Continue reading Lockdown France – Food glorious Food
The 1st May is a bank holiday in France, although this year will be different as we are all in confinement. It's labour day or Fête du Travail and of all the bank holidays, this is the one that is most respected. In our early years here, my husband would usually continue working on a … Continue reading May day traditions and memories of a generous neighbour
I took a drive for the first time in over a month of lockdown. I drove 10 minutes down the road to the tabac to pick up some tobacco for a friend who’s living with us. I know it doesn’t seem like an essential, but it’s essential to him. I filled out the form we … Continue reading Lockdown France – Venturing out
The rumours had been flying. President Macron was to make a speech to the nation on Thursday 12th March, 8pm. Earlier that day we’d been talking to our second eldest son, who lives in Montpellier 3 ½ hours from our home in the countryside SW of Toulouse. It was his 26th Birthday and he was … Continue reading Lockdown France – This is not a Drill!
I am so excited. My new book about moving to France as a family, “What have we got Toulouse?” Is now available. I can’t believe I’ve finally got there! Why write a book about living in France? I started writing back in 2011, seven years after moving to France and it’s been through many versions … Continue reading Book Release – What have we got Toulouse? A family moving to France
Women’s Voices South West France will launch their new book – “I’ve got something to say” - on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2020 at 3pm at Cinema Lelano, Lalanne-Trie 65220.
On Saturday 23rd March 2019, I got up at 3am to get the 7am flight from Toulouse to London to participate in the march for a People's Vote. You could say "why", you could say "would they have noticed if there was just one less person?" Sometimes you have to stand up and be … Continue reading A Mother in France marches for a Peoples Vote