A pottery studio in St Civran, France

Welcome to this blog about the quiet rural life in the Berry Province of France where I have tried to open a pottery studio to hobby potters.
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07 May 2011

57. My Helpers in 2011

Apple blossom by the pergola  in my garden in 2009

Through the HelpExchange website I have been in touch with a number of people since February to see who would come to help me with my pottery studio this summer. I first expected a Helper from Latvia to be my caretaker in the pottery house but he had to change his mind in March. So I had to leave the house unattended and empty without water or electricity while I moved to my attic summer abode in the next village.

Then for the Easter long week-end in April a couple arrived from Great Britain to see the house with a view to be caretaker, i.e. occupy the place without a rent but paying their own expenses. I picked them up at the Limoges airport on Easter Saturday and we drove back to St Civran, an hour's drive on the A20 motorway towards Paris. When they visited the house they did not appear to like the place at all but did not say anything. We spent the weekend together in my attic sharing a barbecue in my garden with an English friend and my son and his family. They also went for drinks to a local pub to meet other English settlers. We also walked the 5 km between the two villages. They figured that the area was indeed very quiet and very rural. Being used to suburban life near a large city they thought the place was not for them. I drove them back to Limoges on the Tuesday to finish off their holiday visiting the city. I haven't heard from them since.

At the beginning of May I got news from a young woman Helper from Finland with whom I had exchanged a number of e-mails. She arrived in Chateauroux where I picked her up at the railway station. We've been sharing the attic since then and I have to say we're really getting on well. So far we have been working in my garden and sharing meals, books and stories. Although we converse in English she is a keen student of the French language.

I intend to go to the pottery studio next week with her and spend some time tidying the workshop. But for lack of a caretaker in the house I won't be able to open up to the public this year again... Ah well! Good folks, come again another year!

This blog is a non-pottery blog after all... LOL!!!!

04 May 2011


I found this list of 100 questions on Chikblog who had found it on Sue Pariseau Pottery

Here are my answers, just for fun!

1. Started your own blog YES
2. Slept under the stars SURE
3. Played in a band NOPE
4. Visited Hawaii NOT YET
5. Watched a meteor shower YES
6. Given more than you can afford to charity YES
7. Been to Disneyland NO WAY
8. Climbed a mountain NOT SURE
9. Held a praying mantis YES
1O.Sang a solo NO
11.Bungee jumped NO
12.Visited Paris YES
13.Watched a lightning storm at sea YES
14.Taught yourself an art from scratch YEAH
15.Adopted a child NO
16.Had food poisoning NO
17.Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty NOT YET
18.Grown your own vegetables SURE
19.Seen the Mona Lisa in France YES
20.Slept on an overnight train YES
21.Had a pillow fight YES
22.Hitch hiked SURE
23.Taken a sick day when you’re not ill NOPE
24.Built a snow fort NO
25.Held a lamb YES
26.Gone skinny dipping NO
27.Run a Marathon NEVER
28.Ridden in a gondola in Venice NO
29.Seen a total eclipse YES
30.Watched a sunrise or sunset YES BOTH
31.Hit a home run NO
32.Been on a cruise YEP
33.Seen Niagara Falls in person NO
34.Visited the birthplace of your ancestors YES
35.Seen an Amish community NO
36.Taught yourself a new language YES
37.Had enough money to be truly satisfied PERHAPS
38.Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person NO
39.Gone rock climbing NO
40.Seen Michelangelos David YES
41.Sung karaoke NO
42.Seen Old Geyser erupt NO
43.Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant NO
44.Visited Africa NO
45.Walked on a beach by moonlight YES
46.Been transported in an ambulance YES BUT NOT FOR ME
47.Had your portrait painted NO
48.Gone deep sea fishing YES
49.Seen the Sistine Chapel in person NO
50.Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris NO
51.Gone scuba diving or snorkeling YES
52.Kissed in the rain YES
53.Played in the mud YES
54.Gone to a drive-in theater YES
55.Been in a movie NO
56.Visited the Great Wall of China NOT YET
57.Started a business YEP
58.Taken a martial arts class  NO
59.Visited Russia NO
60.Served at a soup kitchen NO
61.Sold Girl Scout Cookies NO
62.Gone whale watching YES
63.Got flowers for no reason YES
64.Donated blood, platelets or plasma YES
65.Gone sky diving NO
66.Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp NO
67.Bounced a check NO
68.Flown in a helicopter NO
69.Saved a favorite childhood toy YES
70.Visited the Lincoln Memorial NO
71.Eaten Caviar YES
72.Pieced a quilt YES
73.Stood in Times Square, on New Year's Eve NO
74.Toured the Everglades NO
75.Been fired from a job NO
76.Seen the Changing of the Guards in London YES
77.Broken a bone NO
78.Been on a speeding motorcycle YES
79.Seen the Grand Canyon in person NO
80.Published a book YEP
81.Visited the Vatican THE WHAT?
82.Bought a brand new car YES
83.Walked in Jerusalem YES
84.Had your picture in the newspaper YES
85.Read the entire Bible YES
86.Visited the White House NO
87.Killed and prepared an animal for eating YES
88.Had chickenpox YES
89.Saved someone’s life PERHAPS
90.Sat on a jury NO
91.Met someone famous NO
92.Joined a book club NO
93.Lost a loved one YES
94.Had a baby YES
95.Seen the Alamo in person NO
96.Swam in the Great Salt Lake NO
97.Been involved in a law suit YES
98.Owned a cell phone YES
99.Been stung by a bee YES
100.Read a book in one day YES