Change is in the air
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.