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!

Thursday, 17 May 2012


What is it with the weather?
Since the last blog we had weeks of rain, which has at least made the countryside around here lush and green. We are now experiencing sunshine with a cool wind, with the odd bit of warmer weather. The pool is clean and sparkling and our guests last week were determined to be first in for this year. They didn't stay in long, but the honour goes to Tommy and Taylor....
Tommy and Taylor get the award for first in the pool this year!
Tommy, Vicky and Taylor seemed to enjoy being here as much as we enjoyed their company.
Aperitif time!
Assault course training!

Yomping through the vines.
 This is Alf, our new team member! He enjoyed some days out with Taylor - awaiting photos of his adventure.
We have been trying to get to know the area where we now live, so whenever we find ourselves with a free day we set off to explore. Last week we headed to Bordeaux then north along the Gironde to Medoc.
Chateau Pichon Longueville
Fishing nets on the Gironde by the car ferry at Lamarque.
Lovely to see all the fantastic chateaux - but the wine a little on the expensive side for us! Give us Duras appellation every time.
Around Vue de Duras the wildlife is at full throttle. The black redstarts are nesting under the balcony again.
me, me, me!
Four hungry mouths keeps the parents very busy, and prevents us from sitting in our favourite spot.
The doves are back too. They have nested in the tilleul tree, as we removed last year's nesting site when we trimmed the palm tree of all the dead leaves. They seem quite happy where they are.

A beautiful dragonfly by the pond (which is full of very noisy frogs!)
An orchid in our un-mown meadow.
One of the many lizards which appear whenever the sun shines.
 Just a little snapshot of life at Vue de Duras in May. The hens are still laying, the guests are still coming and Hugh is settling to a new routine (but not getting far with the shutters!) Roll on summer.....


  1. We recently watched some episodes of Little England and saw the gite opening ceremony, glad to hear that all is going well.
    We'll be in Eymet next week to take a look at the area with a view to relocating from Normandy where we have lived for almost 16 years.
    Sadly I found your blog too late to make a reservation with you but maybe next time!
    Maggie @ normandylife

  2. Hi Maggie, thank you for your comments. Please do drop by and say hello while you're here. Or maybe next year.....!