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While in France last month, we stayed at the De Fleurus Bed & Breakfast in Pezenas.

Chambres d'hotes De Fleurus

Chambres d’hotes De Fleurus

We met a wonderful couple Jo & Ken. We had breakfast together each day and as we talked about our move to South of France, we realized how much we had in common with them, as they are also planning on moving to France, in fact to a small village just fifteen minutes away from us.

They invited us to go to dinner with them to a restaurant in Neffies, the village that they want to move to. The restaurant served local homemade food that was delicious and each table had a pitcher of water on it that had a unique shape to it. We had the frog pitcher. It is in the presentation, even when it comes to pouring the water.

Ken Serving Water

Ken Serving Water

As the week went on, the four of us got along so well that we were now meeting them for wine each evening. The evening that we met Claude was quite an experience, but that is a whole new story for another day.

At the Perle Noire

At La Perle Noire

We also met them at a beautiful beach in Agde where we got caught in a sand storm. The strong wind seemed to just appear and after awhile of sunbathing, it was time to find a place to have lunch to recuperate and relax. After a nice walk along the river we found just the place to relax and enjoy the sunshine – La Perle Noire, where the tables were set up on a boat that floated right on the water. Here it was calm and relaxing and the food was so fresh and tasty.

Our friendship did not end there it continues in England as they invited us to visit them at their house in the Yorkshire Dales.

For Sale

“Bellwood” For Sale

We had to plan this visit quickly before we move to France and they sell their house – it is officially on the market.

The Village of Giggleswick

The Village of Giggleswick

It was a beautiful drive from Lincoln to Giggleswick, stopping in Skipton for a fish & chips lunch.

Narrow Boats in Skipton

Narrow Boats in Skipton

Onward to Settle to meet our friends for a welcome drink at The Talbot Arms, a local pub.

Ye Olde Naked Man Cafe

Ye Olde Naked Man Cafe

When we called to confirm details of the weekend, Ken told us that he forgot that he had agreed to let a group of students and their leaders involved in a national program called the Duke of Edinburgh begin their day long hike from his house.

Ready to Explore the Dales

Ready to Explore the Dales

We assured him that we would join both of them as they began the hike with the group and then continue on with Jo & Ken on our own trail through the Yorkshire Dales.

Onward & Upward

Onward & Upward

Looking down at the Village

Looking down at the Village

The hike took us through a beautiful landscape of hills and dales.

Spectacular Scenery

Spectacular Scenery

The area is known for its stone walls that are made by hand, some from hundred of years ago.

Feeding Time

Feeding Time

What Are You Looking At?

What Are You Looking At?

Look Into My Eyes

Look Into My Eyes

We were walking among a variety of sheep, as well as horses and Highland Cattle.

Enjoying the Breeze

Enjoying the Breeze

It was a lovely weekend – warm weather & sunshine, good food, good conversation with our new good friends. We are looking forward to having them as neighbours in France sometime soon.

Oh and if any of you know of someone interested in buying their house in the Yorkshire Dales please call the number on the for sale sign in the picture above.

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Finishing Touches

Welcome to Beziers

Welcome to Beziers

I am writing from the South of France, where we are meeting with the builder to decide on the finishing touches on our new house. We flew from Luton near London to Beziers, about 25 minutes from our new little village, Lézignan La Cèbe. How exciting a time it is to begin a new life in a new country, and to begin our retirement in a new country as well.

It has been two years since we stood on the brush-covered patch of land, trying to visualise what it would look like when complete.

That’s not to say that there are not times when I question the fact that we are going to be living what feels like far away from our Jonathan & Liz & Joshua as well as my sister and her family and our friends. Even though we have been living in England for the past six years due to Steve’s job, we have been back to Southern California every three months for three to four weeks over the past two years, so we have seen the kids and our friends and spent a good amount of time with them. I know that this is a transition period for us right now as we just spent four months in Southern California and then back to England and now preparing our move to South of France.

Choosing materials and colours

Choosing Materials and Colours

On this visit we are spending time every day making decisions on so many choices. We were fortunate enough to be working with an interior designer, Jessica. She is amazing as she walked us through each room to choose the paint colours from a palette of colours. It was really exciting creating picking the colour scheme for the whole house and then we were able to pick the furniture for each room.

We began with the kitchen – the layout was done on the computer at the kitchen shop to our specifications of what we want regarding cabinets, granite worktop, backsplash, colour of the wall under the counter, the appliances and all of the little details that go along with a kitchen.

Blank Walls Make Good Notepads

Blank Walls Make Good Notepads

We finished with the bathroom. We decided to continue through the bathroom with travertine flooring and on two sides of the shower, and a design tile for the shower wall with the shower head and wand on it. We chose the colour of the paint for the walls and the wood cabinet with the two sinks and a single mixer handle.

The Chateau Next Door

The Chateau Next Door

While our house is new and just being finished, our next door neighbour is an old chateau, which is being refurbished. Our community will have a swimming pool, which was being created while we watched.

The Swimming Pool

The Swimming Pool

We were able to spend some time visiting Pézenas, a medieval town nearby, offering lots to see.

Local Villages and Towns

Local Villages and Towns

Who knows, Aux 4 Saisons may become our favourite fruit and veggie store.

Aux 4 Saisons

Aux 4 Saisons

That’s it for now as the week seemed to fly by. Stay tuned for the remainder of the finishing touches.

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