WORK IN PROGRESS
We’d been away three months and we arrived back at our house in Périgord Vert after a long drive to find our old walnut tree blown over in a storm, less progress with building works than we had hoped, paint flaking and plaster falling off the walls, and mysterious leak stains on the bedroom ceiling. Worst of all, our lovely French neighbour Nicole told us she was moving away and leaving her house empty.
I’m sure many Living France readers will recognise our feelings of disheartenment. But after a couple of glasses of wine and a wonderful night’s sleep (the sort we enjoy only in France), we woke up to a sky that was clear and bright. Sunday lunch at our favourite local restaurant (five courses and wine for €14) was as good as ever.
We watched the return of the wonderful grues (cranes) that we saw fly south only a few months ago... and then Nicole appeared with her chainsaw to help chop up our noyer.
We are home – and it feels good. Nick and Fiona Jenkins Beaussac, Dordogne and Hebden Bridge