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 →
La Terrasse du Citron – now complete with happy guests
With our first guests arriving last Thursday we had to put in a few late shifts to ensure our beautiful gite was ready. For six weeks we’ve been repairing, rebuilding, refreshing, painting and plastering, searching for new or vintage interior furnishings, doing everything we can to make sure La Terrasse du Citron lived up to... Continue Reading →
The right side of rustic
First things first, let’s get the latest on the weather out of the way. Yesterday, Bastille Day, saw the last of the rain. It has continued to pour, hard. But today has been dry and for the week ahead the forecast is nothing but sun. The rain has been unbelievable, but then we see what’s... Continue Reading →
Alors, La Terrasse du Citron is ours!
Our first property purchase was done remotely. At least the signing part as last November France was very much locked down, so indoor tête-à-têtes were completely off the table. With some restrictions recently lifted, for our gite purchase we were able to enjoy the whole signing experience first hand, comforted by the fact that both... Continue Reading →
Who fancies a holiday?
France is currently back in lockdown so no-one is going anywhere at the moment, certainly not on holiday. But, and yes the but is a big one with lots of added ifs, if this damned virus recedes enough to allow travel into other towns, regions and even countries, we will be here, ready and very... Continue Reading →
Coming soon… La Terrasse du Citron
We have signed the compromis de vente, waited for the cooling off period to expire, paid our deposit and finally we can now start to advertise our new property; a gite rental in our historic, meteoric and extremely charming home town of Rochechouart. Well, we can at least show you some pictures and a little... Continue Reading →
It’s ours! The wait to hear that our offer for our gite (available to rent this summer!) had been accepted was short, but felt anything but. Two days felt more like two weeks. We’re buying a house so until everything is confirmed, the compromis de vente is signed and we take hold of the keys... Continue Reading →
A house with our name on it
A few years ago when we first started seriously talking about moving to France, we discussed our options, our ideals and dreams. Neither of us could bring a trade or profession to earn a living. The knowledge we have gained from previous jobs could be used, but with our limited vocabulary we’d likely fall at... Continue Reading →