Bon weekend from the middle of nowhere France

Written by on October 20, 2018 in Newsletter from France


Hope you had a good week.

The unseasonably warm weather is playing havoc with my head in the form of spiders. Really giant spiders. I’m not a fan of them, it’s my dad’s fault. He would run a mile if he saw one, screaming for my mum to come and deal with it. He was a master bridge player and I remember one time, he stayed in a posh hotel, somewhere in Scotland where he was to play a bridge tournament the next day. He was getting ready for bed when he spotted a spider, not even a big one. In his underpants he fled the room. Security were called, they searched in vain, the spider was nowhere to be seen. My dad swears he stayed awake all night with the light on, scanning the room, fully dressed by now, ready to flee again. He still won his bridge match though.

Anyway, as a result of his fear, I am terrified of spiders even though I know it is ridiculous. We don’t, as far as I know, get poisonous spiders in the north of France but mon Dieu, this year they are enormous. I’ve never seen them this big before. Mark, my husband, is not afraid at all, he picks them up and doesn’t care if they run up his arms before taking them out to safety in the garden. I have taken to scanning a room before I enter, some of the spiders are almost as big as the palm of my hand so you can’t really miss them. If anyone has any tips about putting them off coming into the house I’d love to know. I’ve tried chestnuts – the spiders crawl over them. I bought one of those machines that you plug in and is supposed to make them run away, covered with a web within a week!

Meanwhile the other animals in my life are thriving. My four cats have been joined by a newbie – Little Boy. He is profoundly death and very nervous. I feed him daily and for the first time this week, after months of trying to win him round, he called out for me when I went out the garden. I’m desperate to get him to trust me before winter comes so I can make sure he has somewhere warm to hide out. I put little houses on the terrace for the cats who don’t come in the house. My neighbour Jean-Claude tuts and shakes his head every time the word “hiver” (winter) is mentioned. He is convinced this year we are in for a Game of Thrones style winter scenario, lots of snow and seriously cold though hopefully no blue-eyed zombies!

Whatever you have planned, where ever you are, I wish you a very bon weekend and hope you enjoy the new content on the website this week (links below). And, if you haven’t had time to read it yet, please enjoy the Autumn issue of The Good Life France Magazine (end link) it is full of really great features and photos and its totally free (forever)…

Bisous from France,

Read the whole newsletter here

If you don’t want to miss my weekly “whimsies” as someone called them, and a round up of fab features, plus exclusive random newsletter give-aways – its easy to subscribe. Just scroll to the bottom of this post if you’re on a mobile device, or look on the right on a laptop, type in your email address and click subscribe…

Related Articles

Bon weekend from cheese and wine loving France…

Bonjour, I truly hope you and yours are well. I’ve been taking a bit of time out, which is why you’re only hearing from me every two weeks! That doesn’t mean I’m totally relaxing though as the next magazine is in progress. It’s free to subscribe to via the current issue (here), and it’s a […]

Continue Reading

Bon weekend from a lavender field in France

Bonjour, I truly hope you and yours are well. Here we’ve had a bit of a damp week which has made my 47 (eek, what was I thinking?) cucumber plants happy. My pumpkin plant now has 38 baby pumpkins growing along its sprawling vines. And 4 new chickens have joined Reggie and Ronnie Kray’s pen […]

Continue Reading

Almost normal France weekly newsletter

Some weeks I sit down to write to you and despite not travelling, it feels as if the days have whizzed past – and in other ways I feel like we are all living in limbo land with a long way to go until normality returns for everyone. But, this week there are a few […]

Continue Reading

Inspiration from France…

Bonjour, I truly hope you and yours are well. Last week I went out to dinner for the first time since February. Mark (my other half) and me went with our friends Gary and Annette (if you read my first book My Good Life in France, she’s the one who kept an abandoned, nearly ready […]

Continue Reading

Bon weekend from thundery France

Bonjour, I truly hope you and yours are well. Just as we’ve officially reached summer, the weather has gone all spring-like after months of summery skies – it’s very topsy-turvy. Plump fluffy marshmallow-like clouds frivolously cavort across the sky, sometimes followed by ominous dark clouds, in between bits of deep Wedgewood blue. Meanwhile, against my […]

Continue Reading


If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed

Comments are closed.