I am English but have lived in the South of France for almost 10 years now.. There are various aspects of life here that are challenging but also wonderful. Probably the most challenging thing was moving here with children and all that involves, schools, health, language problems, etc. My girls are 19 and 21 now and the eldest is back in the U.K. for university so that is another challenge – especially for me!
We also brought two dogs and two cats out with us but they have since been superceded by others acquired locally of which there seems to be an unending supply! We have dogs, cats, chickens and, at one time, an edible dormouse or ‘Loire’ but he is no more although we didn’t eat him!
My husband still works a lot of the time in the U.K. , returning for long weekends, so that is another challenge which we had to face as a family but has now become the norm.
I spend a lot of my time wrangling various animals and creating lots of things. I usually have
several too many projects on the go at all times and I’ve tried to finish one thing before I start another but it just doesn’t happen. The result is a very ‘lived in’ workroom where the central table, meant to be for cutting, is usually covered in all sorts of projects in various stages of completion which have to be moved to one side before I can actually use the table for its true purpose. I’ve tried most crafts but my favourites involve fabric and I love making things for the home, for gifts, for friends. I’m also a knitter and like to whip up some nice thick jumpers and cardigans to keep me warm during the autumn and spring when I leave the fire for my husband to light when he comes home – he enjoys it anyway, I think it’s a man thing! I’ll definitely tackle the fire myself in the depths of winter though as we do get snow here being in the foothills of the French Pyrenees.
I also love searching for vintage treasures – which can be quite interesting in this quiet part of France so most Sundays I am off to the flea markets with a big basket and some cash.
I started my blog initially to promote my shops but have since found it is quite therapeutic – a bit like an intermittent diary – and I find it interesting to look back on earlier entries and remember what I was doing at certain times. Plus, I find it quite a useful place to put photographs! I don’t blog as often as some and I don’t blog exclusively about sewing or knitting or any one thing but whatever is on my mind at the particular time I feel like writing a post.