Easter 2012 was the first visit after only seeing the house once in October 2011. What a whirlwind it’s been. We are now the proud owners of Le Petit Coquelicot. A very charming 2 bedroomed cottage in the Lot et Garonne. Had a day signing for the property at the notaires. Many signatures later it is ours. We have 7 grape vines, plum, cherry and fig trees. Can’t wait for the harvest. Been gardening today and it’s hard work, dug out a rose and ivy plant that was growing next to the front door, then planted a Red Robin and a Salix, not sure they will survive . The ground is full of couch grass, weeds and moss. From a distance it looks wonderful and green. Once the sun goes down frogs can be heard croaking at each other. They must be big. The house has a lovely feel to it and the more we are here the more it feels like home.
I can see I am going to be in my element as the French love their car boot sales. Been to several vide greniers (vide means to empty and un grenier is an attic in French). Have purchased several items, including vintage jewellery and a super large clear glass bowl from the mid part of the last century.
Best store for furniture we have found is Fly, they are similar to Ikea but better quality and cheaper in many cases. We have purchased a sofa and dining chairs from them. Stylish and modern but not over the top. There are quite a few things that I want to purchase back in the UK to take out with us next time we come. Best wines we have found are from a local producer called Berticot. For English TV (yes I know this is bad) you just need to attach an old Sky box to the satellite and it works. Keeps number one son very happy in the morning and Grandma very happy in the evening.