A new start – one week to go

In 8 days time we should be at the Notaire’s office in Apt, on the verge of signing the final paperwork ‘Acte Authentique’ for our new house in the Vaucluse. As you can probably imagine things are a bit frantic at home as we are trying to get everything ready to take with us in the…

Our Dream is a big step closer…..

As those who have been following my blog for the past year will know – our big dream has been to own a home in the Vaucluse, an area we have been visiting for the last 25 years and which already feels like a second home. We had felt that we wouldn’t be able to purchase…

Sometimes Good Things Fall Apart – the house hunt continues

Sometimes things crop up in a time-line on Twitter or Facebook, which just strike a chord with me and that was certainly the case this week when I saw this: When our first efforts at buying a house in France fell apart, just before signing the Compromis de Vente, we were absolutely gutted and it would have…

House-hunting in France is a full-time job

When I left home to come out house-hunting my hubby’s final words were ‘ It’s not going to be a holiday you know’ – and after my experiences over the last couple of days he was spot-on. It’s fair to say that this trip has been planned like a military operation and so far it has…

Back to the House-Hunting …..every cloud has a silver lining!

We’ve now stopped ranting about what happened last week with the French house purchase and dusted ourselves down a bit. We’re still very disappointed with what the Agents described as process that was far from ‘correcte’ on the part of the vendor, but as we see it we are left with 3 options, stay bitter…

A Toe in the Gard

after 25 years of dreaming about owning a house in the South of France we have had an offer accepted on a property near Uzes – so our dream is now turning into solid bricks and mortar – and we are dipping our toe in the Gard

Slow Sunday mornings and a bit of research

Sunday mornings have now changed a bit in our house – whereas before we would get up early and somehow be dressed, breakfasted and have walked the dogs by about 8.30 – we now have a different pastime…. Coffee, computer & as many immobilier sites we can find, looking through the houses that are available…

Lock, Stock & Barrel or a Foot in Both Camps

What seemed like a simple decision a few days ago, perhaps is slightly more complicated than we first thought (particularly as my husband’s cycling shorts have now finally dried out!!) Don’t get me wrong the lure of living in the Luberon is huge, fuelled by the thought of sunshine, cycling (without getting soaked to the…

Decision Made

I currently live in a stunning village that nestles on the side of Dartmoor just inside the National Park. I realise that I am very lucky, in that we have an incredible community with lots going on from a Community Cafe & Cricket Club through to regular Pilates (a twice weekly beasting by a great local instructor…