Fred has tiled and fitted four bathrooms as well as a list of other jobs as long as a gangly persons arm. Whilst there we took the opportunity to buy light fittings and soft furnishings etc. where I was able to demonstrate that my rudimentary French has amazingly got even worse.
We didn't manage much holidaying as we were both exhausted and relaxation was the name of the game, mainly involving wine and cheese but we did manage a day out at Lac Vassiviere about an hour from our house. If you think about the Lake District but without the hordes of people, you'll not be far away. We intend to revisit in June and cycle around the shoreline though having learned that it's 45km all the way round I'm going off the idea. However, Mel will not be deterred so I'd better get fitter in a hurry.
After nearly five years of owning a house in the Limousin, we now know the area really well, have made some great friends and have acquired a lot of knowledge on living and thriving in France. However, we're not ready to move there for some time yet. Our life in the UK is very rewarding right now and we're keeping an open mind on our eventual plans.
For now, we're enjoying the experience and looking forward to the day when we can just enjoy what we have there rather than sinking every spare penny into the project. I know that Pat and Fred, who have been beyond amazing are looking forward to those days too. We're eternally grateful to them for helping us realise our goal.