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.

Life in France

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 …
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Places to Visit

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Walks

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Bike Rides

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Everything Else

Rainy day

It’s raining here today. Back home in Manchester this would in no way be news but here a day of more or rain is a …

Our first Christmas in France

While we’re in no way religious, Christmas has always been a special holiday for me. I think it goes back to my University years, when …

A bad case of Brexit blues

I’ve got a bad case of the blues today. Why? Well, this whole property search seems to be all highs and lows and sometimes it’s …

Our first three months in France

As of today we’ve been here three whole months. Wow, the time has flown. I was so relieved just to be leaving at last after …

The Kindness of Strangers

One of the things I’m enjoying most about being here is making new friends and having to be open to those around me – particularly …

Reality check

The last few days have been hard. For most of the last few weeks we’ve been focusing entirely on the logistics of our move and …
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