Have your say The pick of the month’s mus­ings

The pick of this month’s mus­ings

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Our new copy of French Prop­erty News ar­rived and we saw your re­quest to get in touch and say what our French prop­erty means to us. Now that’s a lead­ing ques­tion… In a word – Ev­ery­thing. In Oc­to­ber 2004, we trav­elled to north-east France for a hol­i­day. It was meant to be a week of rest and re­lax­ation but it some­how turned into a house­hunt­ing ex­pe­di­tion in the Cham­pagne tip of south­ern Pi­cardie. House num­ber 12 out of 13 we viewed was spe­cial. Very spe­cial. From the great vil­lage lo­ca­tion to the fan­tas­tic vine­yard views as far as the eye can see, this house had it all. It also was, as some might say, “filled with the patina of a by­gone era”. In other words it needed ren­o­va­tion. How­ever, we loved it. It needed ren­o­va­tion but we fore­saw a won­der­ful life there. It needed ren­o­va­tion and we bought it. The house be­came ours in July 2005 and since then we’ve lacked the fi­nance, bat­tled floods, bat­tled can­cer and dreamed the dream but still the house is ours. Now, at last, we can see the light at the end of the tun­nel. We have ideas, we’ve found the ar­chi­tect, we have the fi­nance and we have the motivation. It’s now time to make this dream come true. A work col­league of mine used to have a pas­sage quoted at the end of his emails which read: “Never give up on some­thing you think about ev­ery day.” We haven’t, but wish us luck. We’ll prob­a­bly need it! He­len Dowdswell The au­thor of this month’s star let­ter WINS a bot­tle of Waf­flart-briet Cu­vée Pres­tige cham­pagne, worth £29 (rawfrance.com / wbcham­pagne.com)

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