Saturday, 14 June 2014

Our French Life - Counting our blessings

Counting our blessings

As the sun shines gloriously and the temperatures reach well into the 30's We sit with a glass of something fantastically cool overlooking our little pied a terre and count our blessings, we moved to France to give ourselves a better life and I have to say we have not been disappointed thus far, don't misunderstand me there have been many times when I could have quite easily booked a ferry and packed it all in but I am not a quitter and I always like to give everything a good go....we have been here just over 5 years now, we have made many friends, some of whom have become very good mates but sadly as in all areas of life there are the kind of people who you would rather not be part of their crowd but enough said about that :)
Do we have any regrets, yes one that jumps to mind, we are sorry that we didn't make a better effort to learn the language before we came and I would wholeheartedly encourage anyone who is thinking of making the move to do so, someone this last week made a comment saying "how on earth do you manage without being able to communicate" the answer is with great difficulty, one thing I certainly will do if ever I  get my tongue around this language and that is I will be more than happy to help others with translations, we do have several friends who speak French and they help us out when necessary but there have been some in the past who although they are able to help they haven't always been obliging - I guess it takes all sorts.

Do we miss England, what's to miss... well if we didn't have good friends who bring supplies over when they come we would miss things such as -Tea bags, real bacon/gammon steaks, sage & onion stuffing, real cheddar cheese etc; that said if you look long and hard you will find cheddar cheese and of course the supermarkets sometimes have an English aisle but you will have to pay the price.

But the quality of life is second to none and most of the time we feel like millionaires.
This weekend it is our village fete, the marquee's are up, there will be pig roasts, dancing and singing and Breton costumes, there will be a race round the village which runs by our house so we can hang out of the window and cheer them on, a good thing as they go by about 5 times....rather them than me.

Yes we are blessed - we have a small garden which gives us a lot of pleasure and now we have one of those round blow up pools to dip into when it gets too hot...

30 ° and a bottle of wine nom nom

Then in the pool yey

Friday, 6 June 2014

What a day to remember

Our life in France - D Day

Indeed it has been a day to remember, watching all of le débarquement de Normandie (D Day landings) on French television I have to say they did us proud.

French President Francois Hollande has led the D-Day 70th anniversary tributes by remembering those who died on a day that "changed the world". He said France would never forget what it owed them,

It was very moving watching all the old servicemen commemorating the 70th Anniversary and hearing them say it will probably be the last time any of them can make the journey as they are mostly in their 90's, so sad that a generation is coming to an end.

Piper at Arromanches

Today I felt so very proud to be British

Lets hope we never forget the ultimate sacrifice these very brave servicemen paid to keep us free.

89 yr old Cyril Ager on Gold Beach with flags planted by British Legion volunteers

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.