Creating Italian-inspired recipes at home

    Our first three weeks in Italy have already created an undoubtedly loyal family of Italiophiles, loving the atmosphere, the scenery, the people and of course, the food. Skirting our way through the markets, as far as skirting is possible with three buggies, we weave our way in and out of stalls laden with… Read More

Our Big Family Road Trip: Lac de Montbel

    We were only staying with Jax, Oliver and their family for two days.  Well, less than that if you take into account that we didn’t arrive until about 7pm on the Tuesday, and were aiming to leave by 8am on the Thursday. We started Wednesday trying unsuccessfully to keep the children quiet early… Read More

Our Big Family Road Trip: Meeting Jax

    Four days after arriving in Lasson, Burgundy, it was time to take to the road again.  We headed in a slightly south westerly direction towards the Midi-Pyrenees where sunnier, warmer weather was promised and my never-met-in-real-life-before friend Jax and her family live. We quickly realised that whatever journey time the sat nav estimated,… Read More

Our first day in Italy – The real story about our rescue

    Internet connection has been limited so I have not been unable to update the site at all.  Now that we have settled in a different place we have working Mifi and internet (thanks to an unlimited data sim card provided to us by Holiday Phone), so we are able to update you on our… Read More

Our Big Family Road Trip: Moving South

    It is 5am here – 4 am GMT – and I am awake with Isobel who decided, quite frankly, that she had enough of sleeping for one night.  This suits me fine as today we are moving on. With the weather averaging about 4°C here, our visit has been a little bit of… Read More

Our Big Family Road Trip: Preparing to leave

      Perhaps this post should have been written before yesterday’s but never mind! The run-up to the trip was proving extremely stressful, not least because the person who was supposed to have transferred the funds from our savings account hadn’t actioned the request, leaving us without any money for the trip until 3pm… Read More