’tis the season to be jolly – and to enjoy the Christmas markets

The nights are drawing in, temperatures are falling fast and Brexit is causing untold worries. Which makes it precisely the time to forget about your troubles, get your mitts around a warm glass of mulled wine and enjoy some festive cheer at one of the Dordogne’s many Christmas markets. One of the biggest and most…

Five things to do in Bourdeilles

There is no shortage of quintessential French villages around our quiet corner of the Dordogne. The small medieval town of Bourdeilles is one of them. Located on the edge of the river Dronne, it’s a lovely spot to while a way a few hours. Here’s five suggestions of things to do: Go back in time…

One man’s junk is another’s treasure

Rummaging around antiques markets on a Sunday morning is a much-loved past time here in rural France. The first Sunday of every month is Verteillac vide grenier, a local institution that sees an eclectic mix of stalls lining the streets, and plenty of punters eager to find some bargains – and enjoy a tipple in…

Local walk: The arch at Gresignac

The arch at Gresignac is a popular spot for newly weds to have photos taken at. It’s not hard to see why – the ancient limestone ruin and the fabulous vistas make for a stunning backdrop. 

I wandered lonely as a cloud…

There may have been a grey sky this morning as I went about my daily wandering but that didn’t detract from the beauty of my route. All around the house, the fields are awash with yellow – the sunflowers are in full bloom and it is a glorious sight. The hedgerows are splashed with red…

Local walks: Bors-de-Montmoreau

Two sets of friends visiting over the Easter holidays gave us the excuse to take some time off, and to pack the weekend full of activities. Over four days we managed to cram in a dinner party for 10 people, the 15km walk to Champagne Fontaine, three meals out, stand-up paddle boarding (more on this…

Local walks: DeeDee’s in Champagne Fontaine

If one is to go on a walk, there should be a purpose to that walk. It might be to get a different destination, to see a particular attraction, or to test ones fitness, but there should always be a goal. One of my favourite reasons for going for a walk is to blow away…

Hot-footing it to Hautefort

Cycling 26km in 30 degree heat was possibly not the most sensible way to spend a hot Sunday afternoon. Our original plan had been to head south to the Dordogne river for a day of canoeing on the river. However, a night of interrupted sleep caused by the heat, a mosquito buzzing around our heads and…

A much-needed day off

We have been in France for just under a month and already I’ve done two trips back to the UK for work. Coupled with this I’ve had multiple deadlines, we’ve been house hunting and we’re still trying to adjust to our new life. To say I’m feeling like I need a holiday is an understatement….

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…