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Moving to a new area is a big deal at the best of times, but what if you’re upping sticks to a whole new country, with a different language, culture and way of doing things to contend with? We know there’s a lot to think about, and that’s why we’ve put together some great advice blogs – along with some more light-hearted content – to help you settle in!

All’s Well That Ends Well

Emma Quarrington | Discovering La France Profonde

Finding a filled in well leads to an excavation full of surprises.`

Blue cheese, coke and breast cancer

Sue Jones | Health

This is a straightforward, honest account of my breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care here in France. I hope it helps others to know what happens, to know that they are in safe hands and, most importantly, to trust and believe in the specialists that are treating them.

The Pesky Tarian

Rebecca Shields | The Pesky Tarian

On the boat coming over to France, right in the middle of the sea, I felt my first wave of doubt about our move rolling over me. What if we couldn’t find anything to eat in deepest Gers?

Measuring the quality of your day

Katie Gardner | Lifestyle

As you crawl into bed, thump your pillow to make the perfect little cave for your head to rest in, pull the covers up tight under your chin, and let go of that big sigh that indicates the day is finished, how do you look back on the waking hours you just experienced? How do you measure the quality of your day?

All hail the prune harvest

Mimi Beck Knudsen | Places & Faces

It’s nearly prune harvest time again, and in the Lot-et-Garonne, this is serious business! France averages 40,000 tons of prunes each year, with nearly all coming from the Agen area.

Gardening with goats

Emma Quarrington | Discovering La France Profonde

When we first bought our house, as well as having a huge renovation project on our hands, there was also the land – tough weeds and a large part covered in brambles. Someone mentioned goats as being a great solution to our problem – maybe it was a joke….one of the drawbacks of living in a foreign language.

Grottes to love about Brantôme

Mimi Beck Knudsen | Places & Faces

Tourism promoters call Brantôme “The Venice of Périgord,” a moniker attributed to French president Raymond Poincaré, who visited the village in 1913. And while I wouldn’t go quite that far, this lovely village, 25km north of Périgueux, is one of the most beautiful villages in the region.

Medieval or Renaissance?

Mimi Beck Knudsen | Places & Faces

How do you prefer your castles — medieval or Renaissance? Visitors to Bourdeilles in the Dordogne don’t have to choose.

Going to hospital – the ‘rendevous’

Sue Jones | Health

Going to see a specialist at a hospital in France involves a carefully choreographed dance to the tune of computer printouts and the rustling of paperwork. In part one of our ‘Going to Hospital’ series, we look at the always-joyful rendevous!

Going to hospital – the forms

Sue Jones | Health

Going to see a specialist at a hospital in France involves a carefully choreographed dance to the tune of computer printouts and the rustling of paperwork. In part two of our ‘Going to Hospital’ series, we look at the pleasures of filling in forms!

Going to hospital – getting ready to go in

Sue Jones | Health

Going to see a specialist at a hospital in France involves a carefully choreographed dance to the tune of computer printouts and the rustling of paperwork. In part three of our ‘Going to Hospital’ series, we look at how you should prepare for your operation.

Going to hospital – admission

Sue Jones | Health

Going to see a specialist at a hospital in France involves a carefully choreographed dance to the tune of computer printouts and the rustling of paperwork. In part four of our ‘Going to Hospital’ series, we look at what happens when you’re admitted.

Going to hospital – the day of the op

Sue Jones | Health

Going to see a specialist at a hospital in France involves a carefully choreographed dance to the tune of computer printouts and the rustling of paperwork. In part five of our ‘Going to Hospital’ series, we look at what happens on the day of the op.

The day I visited a faith healer

Sue Jones | Health

This is France and there are treatments that you won’t necessarily find down at the corner surgery in rural England. When I had shingles, the doctor prescribed a visit to a faith healer!  Before you ask, no, this was not covered by the health system!

The Life of Riley?

Katie Gardner | Lifestyle

So you’ve achieved your long-held dream, retired or semi-retired and moved to France. So here you are, living the life of Riley. Or are you? And if not, why not?

Working towards a waste-free life

Julie Wackrill | Health & Beauty

Converting to a waste-free life doesn’t happen overnight and so should you. I think that if you try to do something life-changing overnight then it probably won’t last so, lots of small changes are needed to ‘shake your world’.