Christmas in the foothills of France

Organic Christmas Tree Farm in the Ariège

What an extraordinary year 2016 has been but probably the less said about all that the better. Right now, here in the foothills, we are enjoying the typical weather of this time of year; sunshine and blue skies, with frosty mornings, warm days . . . → Read More: Christmas in the foothills of France

The climate in the foothills of the Pyrénées

Often when I tell people that we live in the foothills of the Pyrenees, they tend to assume that we are snowbound for much of the winter. Generally they are amazed to discover that, despite the fact that our village is less than 50 kilometres from the nearest ski resort, we actually . . . → Read More: The climate in the foothills of the Pyrénées

Prime ski property in the Pyrénées

Despite the current malaise in the French economy, the ski property market is bucking the trend and the demand for mountain chalets, apartments and barns in and around French ski resorts remains strong.

I just saw some truly eye watering figures for the price of property in the French Alps; apparently in . . . → Read More: Prime ski property in the Pyrénées

Striking skiing – the school day in France

A tough day at school!

We have discovered since living in France that, most of the time here, it is best just to go with the flow. Hence, when we learned on Monday that Tuesday school was cancelled (teachers on strike for the day), rather than stressing about childcare and cancelled meetings, we . . . → Read More: Striking skiing – the school day in France