Friday, 31 July 2015

One Year Already

No Photo Friday today as its a special day for us. Can you believe it?? We’ve been here for 1 year already, how times flies. Living here has taken some adjustment plus there’s been some highs and some lows along the way. Roger has taken to it like a duck to water and has no regrets at all, but I will admit, that at the beginning, I could easily have come back, but we always said we would give it 2 years to make a go of it. I’m more settled now, but only after throwing my toys out of the pram on a few occasions. We’ve learnt a lot, the highlights being that weeds grow quickly here, sandblasting is not fun, our neighbours are amazing and French is hard to learn, but we wouldn’t want it any other way.

Me and Roger Before we came here, a friend asked us what we thought we would miss. It was a difficult question that we couldn’t answer straightaway, but I said, ask us after we’ve been there a year. So here is a little list of 5 things we miss and 5 things we don’t, some silly, some not and in no particular order:-

What we miss What we don’t
Family and friends without question Traffic
Fab ice lollies Noise of traffic
Clotted cream Traffic Jams
Takeaways Christmas shopping crowds
Vintage extra extra mature cheddar Traffic

Live your dreams, not your fears.

10 comments:

  1. Love the 1st year summary :)
    Shame you don't miss the traffic as we were going to send you some. Best we bring mature cheese on our next trip instead then! Enjoy this special day.
    Dibs & Brian xx

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    1. Definitely extra extra mature cheddar please, no traffic. Having a great day so far x

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  2. Congratulations, it does not seem like a year ago that we helped you unload. You have got past most of the horrible jobs like sand blasting now so you can start to enjoy everything. The things we used to miss have gone out of the window now except for our tea! We would never return, despite my French being rubbish. Love the French and all that goes with the country. I hope by the end of the second year you love it as much as we do. Have a great day D & N xx

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    1. Thanks Diane. You are right, there are lots of things we can live without, but sometimes you get an urge for a cream tea or a yummy chunk of cheddar. We will appreciate these things all the more when we go back at the end of August x

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  3. What a year it has been for you both, great to see and hear that you are both settling, You have a fabulous house and you are full filling your dreams. We will bring over us, as we miss you both too, if you have eaten all the cheese, then we might be able to squeeze a bit in our suitcase. Enjoy your day. Nattie & Graham xxx

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    1. Hi to you both. Just bring yourselves over, we can live without the cheese but not family. But if you insist in squeezing a lump in, then it will be eaten with enthusiasm x

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  4. Happy it today, happy anniversary!
    Keep on living the dream. Even dreams have teething problems xx

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    1. Thanks Gaynor, hopefully our hiccups are over now x

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  5. Hope the hiccoughs are now all done and that things get smoother for you. Wanting a dream is one thing, but actually living it is another, so hang on in there, and soon you will be as addicted to the French way of life as much as me and Diane (Rhodesia) are!

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    1. Things are definitely better for me now. Reality isn't the same as a dream and I was so homesick to begin with, but I do appreciate how lucky we are to be living here x

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