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Alittle over a year ago I first visited the place I now call home; Montirat in Tarn. It was the bleak mid-winter yet I fell in love with our little corner of France. As the grass started to grow, the leaves began to blanket the trees, plants I hadn’t yet seen shot up from the ground and the sun rose higher in the sky. Spring sprung loudly. We began to live outside more and more, enjoying our surroundings and the milder weather, and getting stuck into new projects.
My handy husband built a raised sun deck to make the most of the sunsets and we planted a little potager filled with vegetables and herbs to supplement the wonderful produce from our local market. With our adopted cat from the SPA settling in nicely, we decided to grow our brood and went in search of chickens so we could enjoy fresh eggs daily.
Luckily for me, earning a living also slotted in nicely as I am able to work from home. My work days in England were punctuated by classes at the gym and running errands, whereas here in France, I enjoy eating a proper meal and going for a walk or a run. I really started to feel the benefits of a more relaxed and healthier lifestyle.
We rent our house in the summer, moving into a smaller cottage on-site (the one with the fabulous sunset deck). We quickly settled into the rhythm of hectic Saturdays doing changeovers, saying farewell to departing guests and warmly welcoming new arrivals. Some of my favourite times were spent on our deck, sitting out late into the evening, watching meteor showers and the massive storms around us.
The hot days of summer were replaced by the bright, crisp and sunny days of autumn. I love autumn in France; kicking through freshly fallen crispy leaves, collecting chestnuts to roast on the fire and digging out my cosy knitwear.
With the delivery of our wood for winter, the full circle of seasons was nearly complete. We enjoyed a Christmas filled with visiting family and newly embraced French traditions. Now, as I think about my first year here, I feel very grounded and connected to the world around me, in a way that was missing when I lived in England.
The simplicity of life and the distinct seasons here provide a great backdrop to let you live your life a little slower and appreciate your surroundings. It’s a healthy and friendly place to live life to the full and that’s my only wish for the year ahead – to continue to live life to the full. Fay Younger Montirat, Tarn