My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream (The Good Life France)

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My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream (The Good Life France)

My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream (The Good Life France)

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We’re loving a new YouTube Channel created by a young couple from New Zealand who are doing just that. In fact the 'Allo 'Allo type narration is a little bit cringe worthy in places, I think i'd have preferred the author to actually narrate this herself but c'est la vie (see what I did there). She talks about the process of moving there, life events, customs, local traditions, in a casual story-telling style that keeps my attention. I did like how the author didn’t overly romanticize the area, as while beautiful, it could be quite isolated, often had gray, overcast skies especially in fall and winter, and definitely got very cold in the winter; it definitely isn’t sunny, warm Provence. Do you dream of living in France, renovating a fixer upper, maybe a gorgeous mansion house in stunning rural countryside?

Janine Marsh shares a collection of little stories and anecdotes but fails to form a coherent, interesting tale with which the reader can connect. Janine Marsh undertakes a gastronomic odyssey from the north to the south of France, following the route of the Vallée de la Gastronomie….The author gets credit from me for rescuing animals but I’m afraid, I found the whole book incredibly cringeworthy. It’s a feeling that I can relate to – no matter how much you love a country and its people, there’s only so far you can assimilate because you did not grow up there. With disaster looming, a neighbor showed up with his tractor, carrying several tons of firewood – and no payment expected. If you’ve ever dreamed of discovering “the real France,” you won’t want to miss this delightful book.

While getting to grips with the locals and la vie Française, and renovating her dilapidated new house, a building lacking the comforts of mains drainage, heating, or proper rooms. I do not like taking the ferry boats that the Brits frequent -- they seem slow-moving and make me anxious, and I have taken them from Portsmouth, Folkestone, and Dover. Overall, I would stress that kindness and consideration for others goes a long way anywhere and everywhere. There are lots of tears and laughter along the way and quite a menagerie of dogs, cats, ducks, chickens, and geese were collected. I go there a lot with my husband and we both agree, we would love to live there and really get to know the city like a local.These are the true tales of Janine's rollercoaster ride through a different culture - one that, to a Brit from the city, was in turns surprising, charming and not the least bit baffling. Many are mediocre accounts of tussles with the legendary bureaucracy (as if we don’t have such a thing at home), strained relationships with local dignitaries and neighbours, and, for some, an inevitable surrender and retreat. With little money they decided to do as much of the renovations as they could themselves, no mains drains, electricity, proper rooms, and, even less of a clue how to go about it, they knuckled down to lots of hard, back-breaking work. It would have been so easy for the author to have filled this book with trials and tribulations, although humorous ones always bring a note of joy. After recently posting some photos of my handmade wreath on my fireplace at Christmas time, many of you asked for more information on how I made my wreath.

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