The ‘tyranny’ of Ryanair

Apologies in advance as what follows is a bit of a rant… but it’s either this or becoming one of those people who post their woes on Facebook 😉. Like many people who live, have a second home or holiday in France we have flown with Ryanair on numerous occasions, taking advantage of their regular... Continue Reading →

The old ones are the best…

I think Antiques Roadshow is my favourite TV programme… there, I’ve said it! I like Match of the Day too, but Eric Knowles, Rupert Maas or Philip Mould are my pundits of choice. I’m a big fan of Grand Designs but when it comes to design Andy McConnell and Will Farmer are my guys. I... Continue Reading →

Hameau Bassinaud

You know that feeling when you see something, a pair of shoes, a shirt or just what you want on a restaurant menu? That’s what it felt like when we first saw Bassinaud. It’s a two-hour drive from our rental in Haute-Vienne, most of it on roads we’d travelled before, but once we’d got beyond... Continue Reading →

Searching for Shangri-La

When we decided to move to France we realised that the days of buying a three-bedroom house with a couple of acres of land in a picturesque French village for about €30,000 were long gone. The influx of newly ‘wealthy’ Brits, with equity in their UK homes burning a hole in their pockets, that took... Continue Reading →

Admin Man strikes again!

Our first Christmas in France was a quiet one, though after the travails of the previous year we were glad of it. The only downside was not seeing my daughter, who I’d said an emotional farewell to on 4th December, fully expecting that she’d be able to come for a visit over the New Year.... Continue Reading →

Anti-social distancing

It’s been a while since I posted on this blog; nearly two years; so I’ve a lot to catch up on. Some of the reasons you can probably guess… though I can’t really use a worldwide pandemic as an excuse as being furlough from work gave me ample opportunities. Mostly it was an overwhelming sense... Continue Reading →

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 →

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