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An ‘Old Biddies’ Life - Poitou-Charentes

poitou charentes  An Old Biddies Life   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAn ‘Old Biddies’ Life is Trisha’s account of her life running a Bed and Breakfast in Deux Sèvres (more details here… La Tranchardière) and downsizing at the end of it all.

Trisha says that she’s been married forever to the same man, is mother to 3 lovely daughters and grandmother to 4 delightful grandsons and 3 beautiful granddaughters.

Trisha blogs about the weather, good or otherwise,  a fair bit….




Last Night The Wind Was Horrendous •   Sunday. A wet, quiet and blustery day •   Today has been the second wet day this week •   Today it has rained and rained •   Today it has been raining, all day, not very nice at all •   Wind and rain and thunder and lightning •   Wet Wednesday •   Wednesday. Sun has been shining, wind has been absent for a change •   Today has been a glorious sunny day. Got laundry sorted •   Another sunny day. How lovely for this time of the year •   Another glorious sunny day •   Today – another sunny day in Western France

But, there is an awful lot more to the blog than just a weather report.

Trisha manages to show us an honest view of life in France by involving us witht he ups and downs of her family life and the lives of the people who come to visit her.  An example might be… I DON’T like to hear my daughter and her partner arguing over such trivial things and I told them so today.

Well… Well said Trisha!  Too many people don’t have the guts to say anything about the behaviour of other family members.  I can almoist hear the sigh of relief in this post, aptly named… Peace!

But, once again, to categorise this blog as the diary of a a truly grumpy old bird.  No, no.  This is so much more than that – just take a look at French TV vs Freeview to see what I mean.

And then, it does have to be said that there is plenty of compassion in this blog.  See No Heading, WW1 and the wonderful Ages and Things (wonderful not just because it includes Wild Mushrooms!)

But personally, I do have to admit, I prefer the slightly acerbic posts such as Response to a telephone call or Motherhood.

Posts like those remind me that the sun doesn’t always shine in France, that not all families are all alike (in a Tolstoyian sense) and that it takes guts to say so publicly.

So, my advice is… join Trisha in a glass of cold Rosé, pop into An ‘Old Biddies’ Life and have a good old grouse about the bluddy weather and our bluddy families!

All the best

poitou charentes  An Old Biddies Life   because we all love reading blogs about life in France

1 Comment

  • By fly in the web, February 21, 2010 @ 4:09 am

    Thank you so much for featuring Pat’s blog.
    She is a friend – yes, I’m prejudiced -but I know how helpful she has been to people trying to settle in France and how honest she is about her own and her family’s adjustment. She has a lot to teach for those who wish to learn.
    She is also the most superb cook to whose table you could wish to be invited.
    So glad you have enabled others to share what she has to offer about life in France.

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