THOUGHTS from the PIGEONNIER

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Hav­ing just read staff writer So­phie’s lovely ar­ti­cle on Christ­mas in France (p26), I’m feel­ing very fes­tive, even if there’s still a while to go un­til the big day. Lots of time to get plan­ning I guess, al­though maybe not enough time to ‘grow my own’ Christ­mas din­ner (p64). One of the best things about own­ing a prop­erty in France is the abil­ity to use it all year round, even if that’s not your ini­tial in­ten­tion. It’s easy to fall for France dur­ing balmy sum­mer hol­i­days, sow­ing the seed of an idea to buy your own place. Vi­sions fol­low of lunch on a sunny ter­race, maybe an azure swim­ming pool glint­ing

au soleil, and days out ex­plor­ing the lo­cal coun­try­side, vil­lages and tourist at­trac­tions. But as so many own­ers dis­cover, hav­ing a bolt­hole for those less shiny days comes as a reve­la­tion. FPN as­sis­tant ed­i­tor Ruth is look­ing for­ward to Christ­mas in her Bre­ton hol­i­day home this year. “I love go­ing for long walks along the River Oust in the win­ter sun­shine and curl­ing up by the wood­burner,” she says, “al­though I’m a bit ner­vous about the frog’s legs we’ve been promised by our neigh­bours as a fes­tive treat!” If a year-round prop­erty ap­peals to you too, you can read Ruth’s guide to France in the colder months on p36. I’m off to pre­pare my Bûche de Noël now (p85) – Joyeuses fêtes to you all.

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