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Unfinished business

June 22, 2020

One year ago at midnight, as the seven stars of Matariki rose in the southern sky and one day after the winter solstice, we embarked on our grand adventure – what I hoped would be a year in France. A perfect moment for new beginnings, regeneration and reflection. In the pictures taken at Auckland Airport, I look tired, with greasy hair (I swear I had just washed it!) and bleary eyes. We’d packed right up to the wire, leaving forgotten…

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Six Months in France – les petits gourmands

February 3, 2020

January marked a milestone for us – six months that we have now spent in France. It seemed like a good amount of time to reflect on what we have learned and experienced so far, but to avoid going on and on I’ve decided to split this blog into three key areas where we get lots of questions, or have learned a lot – language, school and social, and food! Here’s part three… food… oh the Food Despite my best…

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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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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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