Christmas in the foothills

Christmas in Saint Lizier

Christmas tends to represent a very definite deadline in the property market; sellers want to know that they have sold and can move on in the New Year and buyers want to have completed and preferably be in their new home for Christmas. By mid December, property hunters have . . . → Read More: Christmas in the foothills

‘The origin of species’ and local markets (horse-meat optional)

Pick ‘n’ mix – cepes, the king of the mushroom


The whole horse-meat farce has highlighted once again a subject close to my heart – the importance of buying and eating locally sourced, fresh and seasonal produce. In many countries we have become far too far removed from the source of our . . . → Read More: ‘The origin of species’ and local markets (horse-meat optional)

Real life story – growing up in France

This week I am delighted to have a guest blogger. I know for many of my clients, one of their biggest worries about moving to France is how their children will cope with the upheaval. Well, it is half term here in France and so it seems an appropriate time to hear . . . → Read More: Real life story – growing up in France

What Triple AAA Rating?

While much of the rest of the world seems preoccupied with the loss of France’s triple AAA rating, here in the Ariege and Haute Garonne, the whole subject has been dismissed by the locals as utterly irrelevant. Not that it hasn’t been discussed – the French love a good debate – but for people here, . . . → Read More: What Triple AAA Rating?