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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

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