Thanks for stopping by. This site started off as a sort of diary of life after our move to France. When we first arrived I enjoyed around 18 months of time just to be with me then young children. Since then the pace of life has picked up: my children are starting to form their own lives around school and friends, I have a business to run, and a new one just launching – plus we still have a house to build. This means the blog is quite far down the list of things to do, so now I occasionally post about general “Life in France” stuff but more often I share routes and write-ups from walks, generally suitable for families, and any cycle routes I find – also with a family-friendly slant. If you want to scroll through the whole thing, hop over to the Blog page. Or you can dive straight into a category that interests you using the links below.

Walks

A Walk to the Refuge du Chioula

Ever since we moved to this stunningly beautiful part of the world, I’ve been hankering for some walks higher into the mountains; however, it turns…

Discovering the Voie Verte

The weather started off a little cooler than it had been for a while so I suggested we all make the most of it and…

Bike Rides

A photograph of fields and hills with Rennes-les-Chateau in the distance

Blue Route MTB (VTT) Challenge!

Okay, so it’s not an official challenge, but I have set myself a goal of riding all the VTT routes graded blue in these two…

If Carlsberg did cycling events…

Well, maybe it wasn’t that good, but for me, getting out on my bike to ride an event I’ve had my eye on since we…
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Places to Visit

Camping – no dogs!

We made three little camping trips last year, all short and sweet and also quite varied. There was our first family camping trip to a…
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Life in France

Moving to France Q&A

I’ve set up this page to share my thoughts on the kinds of questions that come up when someone thinks of relocating to France. As…

A Vegetable Garden in Aude: August

Today has been a busy day in the vegetable garden. Over the summer things have been growing quite merrily – including the weeds. I had…

3 Years on… what’s the plan!?

It’s hard to believe but the time has flown by – three whole years! While it hasn’t been without downs as well as ups (some…
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Everything Else

Camping – no dogs!

We made three little camping trips last year, all short and sweet and also quite varied. There was our first family camping trip to a…

What, no Carte de Sejour?

We left the UK almost two years ago to the day, running from the island I had called home for my entire life. With the…
A view from above, looking down on a child's hands holding a yellow pencil and coloring in christmas scenes.

La Rentrée 2018

It’s that time of year for the second time in our lives as parents. Yesterday we watched our DD, now nearly 5, skipping down the…

A Day in the Woods

Yesterday, except for the bit where I lost my bank card and DS screamed the whole time that I was on the phone to the…
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