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Choosing our village in France

September 16, 2019

Choosing the town where we would live our French dream was a bit like sticking a pin in a map. Where do you start? From the beginning, my husband Simon told me that I should feel free to pick any town or place, in any part of France I wanted. This was my dream, and he didn’t have a personal preference, he wanted me to have freedom to choose.   Trouble was, I didn’t have a particular preference either.  There was no…

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French school, one week down: La Rentrée part 2

September 11, 2019

Last Friday I was sneaking in a little rest after a busy morning unravelling la paperasserie (red tape), when I heard Tom’s feet resounding up the stairs. He burst through the bedroom door and pounced onto the bed, perching astride my knees to pin down my attention.  “Mum, Mum, MUM. So today, we had salad, with olives and egg and dressing…” “I had rockmelon!” yelled his younger brother, sticking his baseball-capped head around the door frame. “Shhhh I was telling!!”…

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Preparing for school in France: La Rentrée

September 10, 2019

As August faded into September, I found myself waking in the early hours. The children would soon be starting school speaking very little French, and the enormity of what we were asking of them loomed out of the 2am darkness. I felt sick with anxiety. Of course, we had tried to help them learn French for months. We engaged a tutor before we left New Zealand, we played language learning apps daily in the car while travelling and we had…

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Epic Trip Planning Our Adventures

The Ariège

June 18, 2019

Here are a couple of images of our soon-to-be new home town in the Ariège, Ax-les-Thermes.  It’s a wee ski town and thermal resort, about 90 minutes from Toulouse. Initially I thought it was way too small for us, but a chance connection with a family who spent two years there had me pretty convinced we should give it a shot.   I work on the basis that if the kids are happy, we’ll all be happy, so I wanted a…

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It starts with a vision

June 12, 2019

I’ve learned many times in my life, that one of the first steps to achieving your goals is to write them down. No matter how crazy, outrageous, or impossible they seem, get them on paper and read them over regularly, and you’ve got a much greater chance of making your dreams come true. Of course this is not an original idea. Even former All Black Captain Richie McCaw agrees. Remember that scene in Chasing Great about becoming a GAB? …

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