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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!

Yoga's Internal Magic

Yoga’s Internal Magic

Dharna Ashar | About Yoga

Yoga’s Internal Magic : Dharna Ashar explains what makes her think twice about how yoga is portrayed.

a visit to perigueux

A Visit to Périgueux

Mimi Beck Knudsen | Places & Faces

The Mimos Festival was our excuse for our most recent trip: a visit to Périgueux. It was hot on the day of our visit, so we only saw a couple of mime-type acts. Instead, we found an ice cream shop and strolled the streets as we became reacquainted with this very pleasant city in the center of the Dordogne department.

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Never Give Up

Kate Webber | Never Give UP

Sometimes we find ourselves in an inconvenient position we hadn’t planned or. When control of your life has been taken out of your hands it is at best inconvenient and at worse can result in you becoming very depressed at the new position you find yourself in. This is Kate Webber’s inspirational story of Never Give Up

St Emilion - The Quiz

Saint Emilion – The Quiz

Mimi Beck Knudsen | Places & Faces

Something different from Mimi Back Knudsen this time: Saint Emilion – The Quiz

Walking the Dog in SW France

Emma Quarrington | Discovering La France Profonde

I first noticed the culture difference when I was walking the dog in the local village …….I was the only one. Some dogs are chained up, some are just left to wander, but it’s very rare to see a French person walking a dog in the countryside. In fact it’s rare to see a French person going for a walk, unless it’s in an organised group following an official footpath.

Summer in SW France

Lesley Ashburner

May, here in SW France, is, of course, the month of les jours des fériérs and les jour des ponts. What should be a single day suddenly becomes three days of festive fun, with shops closing early, or not opening at all, and the local boulangerie running out of bread by 11 am.

Course Landaise, an event for all ages

Rosemary Droxler | Out and About in Gers

The Course Landaise is a tribute to both young men and women who dare to stand in the sight of a charging “vache”; usually a bullock or heifer that has had their horns taped.

D-Day Dordogne France. Mouleydier remembers June 1944

Mimi Beck Knudsen | Places & Faces

With the 75th anniversary of D-Day this June, many people will be focused on the heroic events that took place in Normandy. In the weeks that followed the landing of the Allied troops on France’s northern coast, fierce battles with the Nazis were fought. But the battles were not limited to Normandy. The village of Mouleydier in the Dordogne department suffered its own tragedy.

Potager Envy

Emma Quarrington | Discovering La France Profonde

When we first arrived in the Gers eight years ago, we were always blown away by how generous are neighbours were. What could we give back? Would an orchard solve our problems?

Are You Being Phubbed?

Katie Gardner | Lifestyle

Heard of phubbing? Maybe you haven’t come out of your phone long enough to find out? Katie Gardner, a fully-qualified CBT Counsellor, explains the phenomenon and highlights how it can change relationships.

The Scallop Shell Symbol Was A Sign in More Ways Than One

Colleen Sims | The Way of Saint James

A scallop shell gave the sign that Colleen Sims needed to know that she was going to walk the Camino de Santiago. This is her story

Tarn et Garonne to Santiago de Compostela

Catherine Finch | A Sense of Place

Catherine talks about her incredible walk on the Camino de Santiago

Flower Markets in France are in Bloom

Mimi Beck Knudsen | Places & Faces

Now is the time of year to visit all those beautiful flower markets.

Chicken and Egg Situation in France

Emma Quarrington | Discovering La France Profonde

Emma wasn’t quite as prepared as she thought when she decided she wanted chickens.

A Gers Recipe to Tempt your Summer Guests

Rosemary Droxler | Out and About in Gers

Rosemary lives near Nogaro in the Gers and explains about the Course Landaise – as well as her favourite Tex-Mex recipe using local magret de canard.

French Wardrobe Malfunction

Emma Quarrington | Discovering La France Profonde

Emma takes a look at how her wardrobe has changed since her move to France – and how she is still hanging onto favourite items.

A Sense of Place – Local Settings Inspire Writing

Catherine Finch | A Sense of Place

Published author, Catherine Finch, has taken inspiration from local towns, villages and scenes. She tells us how her writing has evolved now that she lives in France.

Seeing is Believing

Sue Jones | Health

Macular Degeneration can be seriously debilitating but France can help.

Come Rain or Shine

Emma Quarrington | Discovering La France Profonde

Winter, spring and summer – when do your shutters open and close?

Culture Shock in France and how to deal with it

Katie Gardner | Lifestyle

Feeling like a fish out of water or overwhelmed with life in France? You are not alone and help is at hand.

Calendar Season

Emma Quarrington | Discovering La France Profonde

A look at one of France’s traditions – the seasonal agenda

A Peskytarian Christmas

Rebecca Shields | The Pesky Tarian

A few ideas for some fabulous Christmas recipes from the PeskyTarian

Balancing the Books

Emma Quarrington | Discovering La France Profonde

A trip to the local farm shop reminds Emma why she is here in France

The Pesky Tarian

Rebecca Shields | The Pesky Tarian

Our Pesky Tarian is finding out where and when to eat out

Time is on your Side

Emma Quarrington | Discovering La France Profonde

Emma Quarrington explains how she came to the realisation that time really is on your side here in South West France

Discover Cahuzac’s hidden frescoes

Mimi Beck Knudsen | Places & Faces

Cahuzac in the Lot-in-Garonne is a surprisingly pretty little village

Stroll among abbey ruins in the Entre-deux-Mers

Mimi Beck Knudsen | Places & Faces

Handy Pesky Tarian Guide

Rebecca Shields | The Pesky Tarian

Home made veggie “bacon” sandwiches!

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’.