Several years ago our French adventure began when we moved with our five children to the Charente Maritime. We live just a few kilometres from the coast, far enough inland to escape the summer crowds, and rural enough for an enjoyable French country life. We’re close enough to the ocean to have seagulls circle overhead, and fortunate that our home and garden benefit immensely from the area’s unique micro climate.
In short, we get the best of all worlds; we have the glitz and glamour of summer beach-life during July and August, and easy access to numerous towns and cities including Rochefort, La Rochelle, Royan and Saintes; but at the same time we also enjoy the beauty of the surrounding farmland, coupled with the charm of living in the heart of a village.
We like to think we live a healthy and full life, and we try to make the most of every day. Focusing on the little things that give us so much pleasure.
Our passion for gardening and growing, producing and cooking seasonal vegetables drives our vision of life that we share with our children. In our own way we are guiding them and educating them, in a fast changing world we believe in showing them the different lifestyle choices that are available throughout their childhood and beyond.
Produce we cannot grow ourselves we source – whenever possible – from local markets and growers. This not only ensures it is fresh and full of flavour, but it also fulfils our need to know where our goodness comes from and fortunately it is very much a part of French country living.
But Our French Lifestyle is not all about food, even though it is a vital ingredient in our lives. It is also about appreciating the simple things in life and including an acknowledgment of the history that surrounds us; rather than taking it for granted we must sometimes make a conscious effort to realise how lucky we are.
And part of that is knowing that we are truly blessed to be surrounded by loving family and friends.