Our new home in France

While looking for a house to rent, somewhere to base ourselves while we hunt for the right property, we found the perfect house in the perfect spot -and with the help of the lovely people at Cle Rouge Immobilier in Duras it is ours! This blog is primarily for our friends and family to follow the ups and downs of the adventures. However if we don't know you, I hope you'll enjoy the story too, and that one day you may consider booking into our lovely home as a paying guest - you'll be made very welcome!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010


I never thought I would miss the internet so much! So much information at your fingertips, nothing else works with that sort of speed. Anyway, the wonderful Virginia at (English speaking) French Orange was able to connect me this morning, I've caught up with my emails and now I'm ready to update the blog - only where to start?  I'll stick mostly to photos so as not to bore you too much.

A tenant has taken up residence in the pool toilet!
Flowers arrived from Gill, what a lovely surprise - I even managed to give the florist directions of how to find our house- in French- on the phone!

This is the beginning of my new orchard - brought home this evening, lots of digging to do in the next few days!
How the removal men left us at 11.30pm on Thursday evening, the space is clearing, slowly.

Most of the boxes are at least in the right room now. We have already made numerous trips to the dechetterie - the recycling centre.
So.... a quick list of the things achieved so far, in the three weeks we have been here....
  • Removed all mouse droppings, and caught three mice-no sign of them since!
  • Unpacked most boxes - or at least looked in them and decided not to unpack them!
  • Had phone line connected
  • Met the Maire of our commune
  • Met some of the neighbours
  • Covered the pool for winter - oh well, something to look forward to in the Spring...
  • Had a large delivery of logs for the wood burners...and stacked them all neatly
  • Waved goodbye to husband and daughter (back next week)
  • Had some old friends and new ones around for lunch
  • Bought eight fruit trees (and been given one - thank you Pat and Richard!)
  • Cleared a couple of small patches of garden for planting (flowers next to the house)...this job might be a bit harder than I anticipated!
  • Pruned (hacked) the fig tree back so that we can open the shutters!
  • Gently (by my standards!) pruned the wisteria
  • Got builders to start work already on alterations in the house - a wall down here, an extra door there
  • Discovered that a total rewire is necessary (not really a surprise!)
  • Insured the car to drive in France
  • Got hooked up to the internet
  • Say a thank you to whoever is looking out for us every morning when I open the shutters on to an ever changing view - so far, mist, rain, sunrise, and the changing colours of Autumn

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