Monthly Archives: June 2013

The French House by Nick Alexander



Ive just started to read this new book by the lovely Nick Alexander and am really enjoying it.

Synopsis – CC is trapped by a job she no longer loves in an unfriendly city. So when her new boyfriend decides it’s time to sell up and move to the South of France, she decides in seconds to change her life. After all, who wouldn’t pick an azure sea, aperitifs and sunshine over a dreary commute and a rainy climate? She hadn’t expected a tumbledown farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. Or a motley assortment of surly builders, eccentric farmers and a resentful, terrifying neighbour – who happens to be her boyfriend’s aunt. Suddenly, CC’s dream of a place in the sun is looking more like a nightmare. Does she have the courage to stick it out, and make a home of her French house?

About the Author – Nick Alexander has lived and worked in the UK, the USA and France. He is the author of the 50 Reasons series of novels. Nick lives in the southern French Alps. Visit his website at


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All quiet on the Trenholme front.

Hi everyone and a happy lazy Sunday to you all, i say lazy as isn’t that what Sundays are supposed to be all about? Hot coffee, chilled music, papers and relaxing. Thats my day ahead apart from walking the dog and packing up the office oh and making some muffins, mmmm not that lazy and restful after all but all good things.

As I’m typing this post I’m listening to one of my favourite chilled singers Melody Gardot, her voice is like liquid chocolate and not any old cheapy chocolate I’m talking Lindt chocolate mmmm. Anyway here is a little something from her to help you chill out.

As the title of this post says it is “all quiet on the Trenholme front” we haven’t been posting lately as there really isn’t that much to tell you. Our London house sale is all ticking along nicely, we have exchanged and have a completion date at the beginning of July.

The house is full of boxes all neatly numbered, if you ever move you need to get yourself a Kevin, he’s the brains behind the packing; no last minute panicky packing for us, oh no its all done via an i phone app created using Google docs. Pick a box, pick a number, pack it and tap on the app and fill in a few quick questions, which room, where to send the box, storage, temporary house, whats in it and there you have it done in a few short minutes. This weekend my packing task is the office, sounds easy but my oh my I’ve collected so much toot along the way. But its quite liberating looking at it all and deciding what to keep and what to bin.

As our temporary accommodation wont be ready for us to move into until the end of July we are moving back to Wales for a few weeks, mind you I’m probably not going to be there that much as i have quite a few work commitments in London so its going to be tooing and frowing for me. It will be lovely to spend some time with my Parents and family and hopefully with my friends who i haven’t really seen for ages.

Kev has been busy sorting out our new French life, opening bank accounts which require so many signatures what do they do with them all? Liaising with our Notaire and trying to decipher the myriad of paperwork that is sent to him. Looking for a car which either is registered in France or at least has the right head lamps, they need to point in a different direction as they drive on the right.

We will hopefully be going down to sign for the house and get the keys the last week of July fingers crossed and if the huge mound of paperwork gets sorted. Then we intend to spend one week a month in the new house to get it ready to live in, just a few little things needed, hot water, heating, making the grounds safe for the Pickle to be able to roam around in.

So actually after listing all of the above it hasn’t really been that quite at all…….

Enjoy your Sunday everyone chat again soon.

Phill x

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French By Design: House Tour : At home with Ellen [DeGeneres] and Portia [de Rossi]

Portia is crazy about horses, Ellen is into design. So when looking for a getaway home, they both fell in love with this Hidden Valley, California, 26-acre property. The ranch is composed of eight cabins.“Ellen likes things to be a little natural and rustic“, says Portia.  The mix of rustic pieces, art and overall sense of comfort this home exhibits is so inviting! A truly perfect weekend getaway.

French By Design: House Tour : At home with Ellen [DeGeneres] and Portia [de Rossi].

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