May day traditions and memories of a generous neighbour

The 1st May is a bank holiday in France, although this year will be different as we are all in confinement. It's labour day or Fête du Travail and of all the bank holidays, this is the one that is most respected. In our early years here, my husband would usually continue working on a … Continue reading May day traditions and memories of a generous neighbour

Book Release – What have we got Toulouse? A family moving to France

I am so excited.  My new book about moving to France as a family, “What have we got Toulouse?” Is now available.  I can’t believe I’ve finally got there!  Why write a book about living in France? I started writing back in 2011, seven years after moving to France and it’s been through many versions … Continue reading Book Release – What have we got Toulouse? A family moving to France

French Children Don’t Talk Back!

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the behavior of French children compared to British. It's apparent when living here that French children are better behaved. They are generally more obedient, polite and respectful than the British youth. I’ve often marveled when seeing groups of young children out on a school trip. They all line up … Continue reading French Children Don’t Talk Back!