Day 7: Today we found a beach

Friday 22 July The one drawback to being so far inland is the lack of easy access to a beach. Or so we thought. Today we discovered Rouffiac outdoor activities centre on the banks of the Petite Loue, just half an hour’s drive from where we live. Man-made but beautiful nonetheless, the centre was created…

Day 5: Around the cliffs of Mauzac

One of the many reasons we wanted to move to France was for better weather, and so far it has not disappointed. Indeed, not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth, but it’s actually been a bit too hot – averaging about 32 degrees since we arrived. We felt the full force of…

Day 2: We lose a cat

Sunday 17 July: getting organised “Listen to that, Dennis.” “Listen to what? I can’t hear anything”. “Exactly.” No sirens, no angle grinder from the double glazing workshop over the road, no traffic. Just birds. Bliss. We wander downstairs. A cup of fresh coffee later (courtesy of Patricia’s goody bag she had kindly left us) and…

Day 1: 600 miles and 6 weary travellers

Saturday 16 July: the journey 2.50am: The light goes on. Ten minutes earlier than planned. Dennis has gotten up from our make-shift bed in the middle of the lounge floor and decided that now is the time to start making a move. We empty the fridge of our picnic, finish loading the van and wait…

Party central

One of the many benefits of leaving the country is that it gives you a mighty fine excuse to have lots of parties with friends. Not only are these lots of fun but they also¬†have the dual purpose of distracting you from the stresses of moving to a foreign land where you don’t really have…

Post-Brexit dramas

We had it all planned out. We would sell up in London and buy a big, old rambling house with some land in the middle of the French countryside; I would continue running my business while Den would manage the land, enabling us to fulfill our dream of becoming semi-self sufficient. No mortgage would mean…