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The Bean

The Bean.  Who on earth is The Bean?   Often I am asked what on earth is The Bean?  If you want to know what she actually is you will have to ask me!   She came to me in 2008, fit in the palm of the hand tiny, bald as a result of a bout of mange (that’s the infestation not the French word for eat) and very very cross.

She got me through one of the worst crises of my life just by being but was always entirely untrainable – she tolerated the other dogs she lived with but would openly assault them if she was in the mood and came with a general warning not to go near because she, like Tolkein’s Schmiegel could turn into Gollum without warning.   She was in short a hand-bag dog with a bad attitude.  She lived indoors most of the time, would go out into the garden if forced and occasionally enjoyed a walk but if the weather was less than clement she adopted the ‘talk to the paw cos the face ‘aint listening’ approach.


Two months later post arrival,  The Bean is transformed.  Loved by the locals she is ‘gentile’ (kind) and of course ‘mignon’ (cute).  She hikes with me.  There are over 300 promenades et randonees across the region and I intend to walk all of them.  With The Bean.  Here in Sumène Artense we have completed 21 out of 25 and they vary in distance from 6.5-15 km with denileve (that’s the difference between lowest and highest point) varying from 60-410 m but bear in mind that if the raise is small its because you are walking at altitude.  In this village we live at just below 500 m but are walking at up to 1200 m.  So the terrain is rocky, rugged, steep in places and full of mountain streams.  The seasons are well defined here so we now have snow and ice. It is Winter.   In fact, Autumn was brief – an Indian Summer with full sun and temperatures into the high 70s gave way immediately to blizzards of sleet, snow and hail.   She takes it all in her stride.


She is remarkable.  She goes to market once a week and potters around, she takes coffee with me in my village and in Allanche where the glorious Josette presides … I digress – Josette is a story you have to wait a while to hear.  The Bean is popular in Monsieur Bricolage, my favourite DIY store.  Still feisty she is home.   And that’s the thing.  The people here are so easy, so accepting.  When she barks, now rarely, or growls, even more rarely, they tell me it is just because she is defending me.  Another day I will write of the people.  Correction, most days I will write of the people because although I am captivated by the geography of this region it is the people who make every day a joy.  I will try to do them justice.   For today it is all about The Bean ….


Now that she has been introduced to you, you can expect that she will blog her own stories … she is you see @thetweetingbean …..

21 Comments Post a comment
  1. Pan #

    That is one alert regal pup.. Bet she’s smart too..

    January 15, 2016
  2. Pan #

    😂”they’re only using you” So very very true..
    With all sincerity, I have a picture of Stewie in those same poses except for the batman costume and the drenched one held up.. They all are rentless in their pursuit of human mind control..

    January 15, 2016
    • Haha! It is indeed! I love ‘alone time? You’ll never have it – because they are watching you …’ I draw the line at Batman but The Bean clearly sees herself as a superhero as, it would appear does Stewie!

      January 15, 2016
  3. Pan #

    Oh yeah, Super Stewie puts his big bark on when he thinks I’m in danger.. It got so bad that I had to train him not to bark if I’m talking to someone.. It cracks ppl up that as soon as I say “I’m talking to him/her” that he stops barking at that person but looks as far as he can see, searching for some poor unfortunate soul to bark at.. If he finds no one else he just turns his head away from the person he can’t bark at.. I tell them to call him and then we both crack up because his ears twitch at hearing his name but he keeps his head turned away.. But with some ppl its cool and he just watches us converse.. All pets have their quirks, mine’s a bit quirkier than most I guess.. But his love for fun, smarts and teasing games of keep away, I don’t mind the extra care and caution I have to keep to keep him safe and out of real trouble.. He’s a good boy and once he makes a friend of someone, he never has forgotten them.. It takes a bit of time but everyone who’s taken that time has thoroughly enjoyed his antics..He’s like a real life cartoon most of the time..

    January 16, 2016
    • He sounds such a cutie – such a character and so much fun!

      January 16, 2016
  4. I got my precious doxie in 2008 when I was going through chemo. My daughter want my Taina to be my companion. I love her and she is always in my lap.

    February 17, 2016
    • Your daughter is a very smart girl 🙂 The Bean sends wags to Taina xx

      February 17, 2016
  5. Hi Bean,
    Does your MoM know that H.I.A. is back up? Follow?

    February 2, 2017
    • My mum is unpacking boxes because we have just moved into our home for the next 6 months … had no internet until today (I dont really care about that as long as my basket is warm and my food is well stocked) so she is very behind on work but she says she will follow in the next couple of days, catch up on all her reading and she will send you an email too. Howzat?!! Big love from The Little Bean

      February 3, 2017
  6. Love The Bean 🙂

    November 20, 2017
    • This makes her very 😃

      November 21, 2017
  7. Hey Osyth, it’s been a while, I hope all is well with you and the Bean 😉
    Are you in Marcoles now ?? … I hope you ave a nice weekend

    April 14, 2018
    • I’ve been off-radar for over a month and have big news to announce in the next few days. I hope all is well with you and look forward to picking up the reins of following your lovely blog now that I am over the chaos of the last weeks 🙂

      May 4, 2018
      • ok I was worrying … I’m looking forward to hearing the big news, have a great weekend, of rest I hope, after the chaos !!

        May 4, 2018
  8. Hello little Bean.

    May 11, 2018
    • Hello Nikki! I like meeting new people. I have moved house to another country and I am going to write some more things about the creatures I am meeting here and how different life feels and mostly about how to travel when you are a dog! 🐾 🐾

      May 13, 2018
      • Oooh that sounds exciting! Look forward to reading your tales. Sounds lime my dog Dizzy will enjoy the stories too.

        May 14, 2018
  9. Bean, hope your Mum is doing well, and her excuse for not blogging is due to life getting in the way. Here’s to reading more about you from her at some point in the near future. Take care.

    November 16, 2018
    • My mummy has been finding things more difficult than she would care to admit. I have been helping her and we will be writing again soon. She will be reading sooner and she asked me to say a special hello to you who she was only talking about in the kitchen the other day because you look after people’s important places and fur-friends when they have to be away. I hope I will meet you one day before too long and I hope you are doing very well wherever you are 🐾 🐾

      November 16, 2018
      • Hey Osyth, take it easy and glad that your four legged friend is taking care of you. No rush and when regular bloggers don’t make an appearance for a while, my curiosity kicks in!

        November 17, 2018

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