THOUGHTS from the PIGEONNIER
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.