Life in France: a list of enjoyables

When we arrived in France just over two years ago we had our pre-conceived expectations of what life here would be like. I’d spent two summer seasons working on campsites on the south coast about thirty years ago, but that wasn’t much like ‘real life’, so those expectations were mainly based on our holidays and... Continue Reading →

Third time lucky

Time flies by, so much so that somehow we’re already one month in to our third year living in France. I was going to write some sort of ‘highlights of the second year’ type thing, but the third year has already brought with it plenty of incident and change (of minds), so as you can... Continue Reading →

A joyful soaking

It rained today. It was amazing. You could hear the trees, plants, flowers and fields grinning madly, breathing a huge sigh of relief, literally lapping up the joyful soaking. Humans were rejoicing too. Okay, I don’t know that, as we’ve not been out since it rained, but anyone not celebrating the second sighting of rain... Continue Reading →

Bergerac… mais oui, c’est adorable

We’ve been living in France for one and a half years now. During that time we’ve returned to Scotland a few times, but last Sunday saw us take our first French break courtesy of a kindly birthday present for Heather from her beautiful daughter and son-in-law. A two-night stay in a gite on an organic... Continue Reading →

The miracle of Spring

I’ve been trying to update this blog at least once a month. The last time I wrote anything was two months ago, so yeah, I’ve been a bit slack recently. But we’ve been busy! It’s nearly 10pm on Friday night, we’ve got a busy weekend planned, so what better time to try to catch up... Continue Reading →

Le Garden Rescue: Part Two

A year ago we attempted some de-weeding in our garden; the first of two failed attempts in quick succession. It soon became apparent that simply removing the weeds that took up every inch of our ground was not enough. These weeds were persistent, and seemed to grow back with anger and vigour as if to... Continue Reading →

Walking in a winter wonderland

Last year I seemed to mention the weather, in a very negative way, with monotonous regularity. That was until August when the sun appeared. Weather talk can be so dull, but such was the deluge of rain last year that amongst the grip of covid it took on more importance. Our daily walks, which are... Continue Reading →

A year in the life…

Our second year living in France is now two weeks old. This time last year France was in a strict lockdown, time outside was limited and Rochechouart felt like it was asleep. Our initial excitement was very real, but certainly tempered by the restrictions we were facing. So much has changed since then, and certainly... Continue Reading →

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