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Master of my domain…

As the weather took a turn for the worse at the weekend, I used the time to start thinking about a website for our new venture. Now you could suggest that this is a little premature seeing as we haven’t even sold our house in the UK yet, never mind found somewhere in France. However,... Continue Reading →

This time next year!

If all goes according to plan, this time next year we’ll be less than a month away from moving to France. My retirement date is pencilled for my 57th birthday in late August whilst La Reine’s current contract comes to an end at around the same time. If we’re very lucky we’ll have sold our... Continue Reading →

Table d’hôte.. Yorkshire style

Wanting to move to France yet not being able to is frustrating, particularly when our freedom of movement could be severely curtailed any day now. But we’re continuing with our research and doing our best to be as prepared as we can possibly be. One thing we’d like to offer when we open our chambre... Continue Reading →

Le Grand Tour

A chance encounter on a French web forum found us flying out to Limoges on a cold Thursday in January; some of us more awake than others. Unfortunately, La Reine spent much of the previous night in A&E with my Mum, waiting on an update on her husband who had fallen and banged his head... Continue Reading →

Elf and safety

A couple of readers have asked if we’ve had a change of heart, or at least of a change of plan, noticing the absence of posts recently. In short, no, not at all. I’ve always maintained that if I have nothing to say then I’m not going to write something for the sake of it,... Continue Reading →

Woolly thinking

When we move to France, in 2020, one of the issues to consider is "How on earth shall we fill our time?" Of course, there will be renovations to complete (now made much simpler due to my advanced woodworking skills - we'll be overrun with trivets), up to five chambres d’hôte to service, gites to... Continue Reading →

Something in the woodshed!

Having attended a 1970s all girls’ boarding school, apart from an aversion to the colour red (blazers, cardigans, belts and bobble hats!) and a vow to never eat a marrow again after the colossal marrow glut of 1976, I had the broad and balanced design technology curriculum of ‘Cooking’ and ‘Sewing’. Not even ‘Home Economics’... Continue Reading →

Parlez-vous français

The one piece of advice I’ve been given over and over again is learn to speak the language! If you want to make a success of living in France, then learn to speak French. But how many books have a I read recently where people make the decision to buy a house in France without... Continue Reading →

Talking Coq

Whilst Le Roi de Prusse is busy contemplating the practicalities of our imminent move to France; small details such as the legalities, taxation, where to buy paint, the fact that we can only bring over three of our four pets, the teeny, tiny issue of the fact that we both speak less than basic French…... Continue Reading →

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