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!

Friday, 17 December 2010


This week Nicole and I are in the UK. A bit of shopping, visiting and then back to France for Christmas bringing Hugh and David (lovely son!) with us. Weather permitting of course! On our way to the ferry port at Ouistreham we left the motorway to get petrol and saw this beautiful sight. It is the cathedral in Sées in Normandy.
Now a quick catch-up on what's happening back at the ranch....
These alterations have been made in the name of 'renovation'! All of the tiles and most of the woodwork has disappeared. Two doorways have been made into what will be the bedrooms, and the space in the low wall at the front is for the doors which will lead onto the terrace. Well you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs!
In the house, Jeremy the electrician has almost finished with the wiring - so he tells me, Chris the plasterer is working behind him to fill all the holes he made, and Russ, Alex and Yanis are covering up the spaghetti of wires hanging from the ceilings. So by the time we get home next week, I'm hoping to see a very different house! Albeit knee deep in dust! Should be just enough time for a quick clean up and to put the Christmas tree up before cooking Christmas dinner. 

Just a few pictures from last weekend when Hugh was home. The weather was beautiful - cold and clear. We went to a little vide-grenier where we found this baguette box ripe for a make-over
and then went for a walk ...

where we were lucky enough to see deer roaming through the vines around these local landmarks. A lovely weekend.


  1. I hope your other 'lovely' daughter gets a mention when i come out after xmas!

  2. Of course she will!! Can't wait!