Luckily we got on well with our landlady and indeed we are still in touch with her on a regular basis. I say luckily because the cottage was at right angles to the barn so there was no privacy for either of us as every time one or other of us went out we were in full view of the other! Lucky too that we didn't bring the cats as landlady had been living in the cottage whilst her barn conversion was being done so the cats all wandered in and out as if they owned the place - as indeed they did! Our two townie softies would have been completely intimidated by them and the dogs not to mention the horses!!
Although it was November when we arrived it was far enough south to be quite warm on the days that the sun put in an appearance and I remember eating lunch in the garden one day in our short sleeves! We spent the first few weeks exploring the area and took many walks in the beautiful scenery of the Haute Vienne shown in the photos below.
Our evenings we spent in front of the woodburner in our (luckily!) cosy home watching UK TV or reading, knitting (well that was only me) or just idling the long dark evenings away.We soon got to know the area and for a holiday it was great but to actually live there permanently - well I don't think so. We realised what townies we are at heart and being a 20 minute drive from anything we we would find a problem.
Our landlady suggested that we might like to go with her to a French class the first week we were there and as we obviously had no prior engagements we went along. I am not sure how much French I learned but I did meet up with a French lady who remained friends with us and eventually introduced me to my best friend when we moved to France permanently.
By now I dare say you are yawning so I will stop here and leave the rest for another time.
Hopefully the next post will not take me all day to do as I now know how to do it! I have my sister-in-law arriving this evening so my posts will be short and sweet over the weekend I suspect. Better go and make sure the slow cooker is indeed slow and not burning the dinner and get an apple crumble made.
I hope you too have had the same lovely sunshine that we have been enjoying here?
Till next time.