Posted: 12/08/2013 at 21:41
(We really must stop meeting this way)
Swiss sue, What you've said ref parisians is very true to this area,
We bought this place 9 years ago now, (like you we have a little holiday cottage)
anyway we found back in the uk we we're living to work, i was putting in 8 days aweek and at least 14 hours per day,
Work became my life, and hence one day my other half said i was heading for an early grave and she was right and so we decided to call it a day and take the chance and retire early,
We sold up in the uk and as it was the housing boom time the house sold very quick and we got a lot more than we thought, and so we had a few bob over to invest,
But the banks & building socciety etc didnt want to give a good interest deal for people investing infact it was a joke what was being offered,
So we decided to invest in this house we live in now, it had been empty for 25 years due to the daft french laws ref children / selling and the french tax system,
Some of the 9 kids wanted to sell and some didn't hence the property just sat here for years & years until they all decided to sell it,
Now we have 6 families in this complete hamlet and only 2 near us and so when we first arrive it was like John wynne walking down the track,"All the locals would stop what they we're doing and just look !!!!
We decided to knock on every door and say hello, we're english and just wanted to say hello.
It worked just fine, they're all really nice people "But coming back to the "Parisians" bit our nearest neighbour said one day (she lives alone) It's really nice to see the old house lights on of an evening I feel so safe,
The other neighbour said, she and her husband we're so pleased we we're not Parisians as they're not really french people,
I asked why and they said "All the rules come from Paris but they know nothing about the french countryside and how the french country people really live.
Ive found this same idea's ref parisians many times so i do understand what your saying.
We've seen many of ex-pats return to the uk and to be honest i could see with some why they didnt make a good go of it here, the lack of any planning is one of the mistakes made.
We have english people who have a holiday cottage just around the corner from our gite and every year they come over for 2 weeks in the summer (one week spent sorting out the garden) And again 2 weeks at christmas time,
When they first arrive you can feel the stress but after a few days they settle down & slow down.
The french around these parts are never in a hurry and dont run when they can walk
and everyone stops "no matter" just to say hello.
Our time is now spent in the garden most days all day, and in the winter im in the workshop just pottering.
Nice to share these french thoughts with you.