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 decided to live the good life and grow our own fruit and veg, keep chickens, ducks and geese and be as self-sufficient as possible. What advice might you offer to someone (or a couple) considering an expat move and career transition? What is so often missed is the need to go to live in France as French people, not as Brits (or whatever). It's not just the landmarks, like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre museum, that make us fall in love with Paris. All in all, a lovely book, some sad parts with the loss of family members but on the whole, a lovely read, thank you.

There isn't much that will beat a freshly baked baguette from the boulangerie, a hunk of cheese from the fromagerie, some fresh tomatoes from the marché and a cake from the pâtisserie. 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.Within its 256 pages, “My Good Life in France,” is certainly the story of two expats making a new life in another country, but it is also the story of how we evaluate options and make choices in life. I truly enjoyed Author Marsh's down to earth descriptions of the adventures and realities of her new lifestyle. It seems the post office was holding a package for us, the innkeeper was on lookout, and we had to wait until Monday when the post office was opened.

It’s not quite like living on the vineyard… you need to have a relative who lives there to have that privilege. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).So you can only imagine our joy when we finally got to settle down for a few weeks on a vineyard in Gaillac, France. The book came out in the UK in May 2017, and to my immense surprise (and it’s such a thrill) it’s become a best seller in the UK. Though there is a family tragedy detailed in the book, for the most part the book has a light, humorous tone as the author with a bemused air described the colorful characters in life (human and animal) and the strange things she had to come to get used to, whether it is the French love of making speeches or just how cold northern France can get in winter or the local love of mushroom gathering. The book could perhaps have done with more extensive descriptions of the neighbouring towns and villages in this north-east corner of France, within an easy drive of Calais and the cross-Channel ferries or Eurotunnel. But I suppose it isn’t worse than “Olive” 😉🤣 I loved the anecdote about the “Not-de-Calais”, never thought about it!

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. As an American living in the South of France, about as far South as you can go, I found the similarities to the North amazing. So I’ve written a post on how I make my wreaths from foraged greenery around my village and flowers from my garden. It gives a small insight into life in rural France - totally different to life in the towns and cities. That’s what Janine Marsh (no relation) and her husband have achieved, and Janine’s account is a passionate and warming story of cold Christmas Day’s huddled around a log fire, of wheels within wheels, of making friends, and the warmth of recognition as someone who stayed and made a success of it.

He wanted us to take time out to renovate our French house and see if we could make a success of a different life, one that didn’t involve a daily commute and grind. This book isn’t just a wonderful way to enjoy experiencing someone else’s life in another country, or your adopted country if you, like me are an English expat, it is a way to get a real feel for what living in France is really like – warts and all. Despite the best efforts of my neighbours to teach me (oh the horrified expression when I confess to being useless in the kitchen) I’m still at the basic stage. I don’t want towns disguised as magnets, Mecca where it doesn’t belong, or views to die for…whatever they might be.

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