Une belle aventure

Our new life in 'Les Vosges'


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The roof is back on…this meant more clearing or digging!

So after weeks of dealing with the insurances and just 2 weeks of work we had a nice new roof.
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From this to that.
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It now actually feels very dark in the barn and we strangely missed the open sky at first…well maybe we will put some velux later on.

Once the roofers had finished their work, it was our turn to start clearing the back of the house and the field (still an on-going process…). They added an additional down pipe to the roof, which meant redoing the drains! So more digging for Matt but this time he had some proper tools : A mini digger!!
What a difference a year make, and being able to call on friends to borrow their equipment. Again this is all part of living in a very small village and it is enjoyable.
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Matt’s happy dance : he’s just about to go and do some digging 😉
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Last year’s digging and this year’s digging!
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Then one sunday morning Tony dropped by and helped Matt finishing it off! Which meant Matt could do some more …..(yep) digging! He dug the whole back of the garden and then the ‘rat’s castle and now wants to dig the stumps in the field! (new addiction!! Boys and Toys, hey)
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As to the clearing of the woods, well we had a bonfire of course!
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Then Paul, a neighbour came round and took the rest of the rubbles away! Result.
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A year on: Looking back on our journey.

I kept meaning to write a post that would somehow depict how I feel now;  A year on…….

When we decided over a year ago to move to a remote French village in Les Vosges, we needed that change.

We had realised that we were very far from our goals, which seemed less and less attainable. Our ideas on life didn’t fit our life style or our jobs, and we really didn’t want that life for our kids. So change was necessary.

Change makes you feel alive. All your senses are awakened. Everything around you is so different. It is an overload to the system at first, then you grow accustomed to your surroundings and the unfamiliar becomes strangly familiar again. You meet new people and your circle of friends grows again. You also discover new ways of doing things.

We wanted a life focused on the family, quality time together is the most important thing. We’ve achieved this and we’ve all benefitted from it.

We dreamt of a spacious home (that’s in the making) in the middle of fields where we could grow our own food and teach the children to discover and respect the earth. I can’t imagine living anywhere else without a certain amount of difficulty.

I didn’t have any specific expectations. I just embraced all the new adventures that came our way all through the year and it has been amazing.

Life should always be enjoyed in the present and we are now able to do just that.

We are still a very very long way off our goal, but it doesn’t matter so much because we’re now on the right track and every daily achievment is celebrated like a little victory on our old life! 🙂