Change is in the air

Living France - - EDITOR'S LETTER -

As the sea­son of tran­si­tion be­tween sum­mer and win­ter, au­tumn is, by its very na­ture, a time for change. While Jan­uary is tra­di­tion­ally the time for fresh starts and new be­gin­nings, per­son­ally I’ve al­ways pre­ferred au­tumn. Per­haps it was my love of buy­ing sta­tionery for the new school year that started it (I still love it now), but there’s a lot of pres­sure in Jan­uary and New Year res­o­lu­tions are no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult to stick to.

This is­sue is a cel­e­bra­tion of au­tumn in a num­ber of ways. It’s the per­fect time to ex­pe­ri­ence the de­part­ment of Ardèche, and as you’ll dis­cover on page 20 it cer­tainly has plenty to of­fer, par­tic­u­larly for lovers of the great out­doors.

When it comes to fresh starts and new be­gin­nings, a move to France is a per­fect ex­am­ple. This month we meet TV per­son­al­ity Dick Straw­bridge and his wife An­gel Adoree to find out how they em­braced the ren­o­va­tion of a ne­glected château in the Loire Val­ley (p30), while mi­cro­light pi­lot Rob Keene jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to take his pas­sion for fly­ing to new heights in Tarn-et-Garonne (p34).

Hav­ing a baby has to be up there as one of the most life-chang­ing events, and our guide on page 46 ex­plains ma­ter­nity care in France to help you pre­pare for a new ar­rival.

Change can be chal­leng­ing yet ex­tremely re­ward­ing, but if you’re still not con­vinced then why not see if you can find a happy medium. Our colum­nist Ian Moore seems to have done just that (p98).

We hope you en­joy the is­sue.

Vicky Leigh, Deputy Edi­tor

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