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    John James
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    Who said that moving was easy??!! Particularly when you’re downsizing from 240 sq metres plus a fair bit extra not officially in the figures to just over 150 plus a garage. Still it had to be done and now it has been. There’s a fair bit of dust left to settle but part of the family who live in East Kent have just had their first visit and somehow everybody found a bed to sleep in and a table to eat round.

    We’ve moved from the Suisse Normande to just inland of Dieppe which cuts their journey time in half from Calais which means that a weekend here is possible without losing a day either end travelling.

    Our new base is in the Dun Valley which is one of the central areas of linin production in France – the fields are covered in blue flowers mid summer and the village, La Gaillarde, has the added benefit of only being ten minutes from the sea and the cliffs of the Alabaster coast – so good walking there.

    Much as we loved the Suisse Normande, we were beginning to find it a bit remote, particularly in winter, which can become difficult as you get older. Here we have neighbours – not too close – but close enough just in case.

    On first appearances, the atmosphere here seems different – in simplistic terms, people seem to smile a lot more. Everybody we have met seems to be happy to make our acquaintances and are prepared to welcome us into their community. Although this did eventually take place at the last house, it did take a lot longer and although we both speak very good French, we never did feel a sense of permanence there so I suppose it was inevitable that we would move.

    There was never any question of moving back to the UK – we have lived in France long enough to totally accept the French way of life which we are glad to be part of.

    I’ve rambled on a bit here and I realise that this forum seems to cover the areas west of the Seine rather more than the Seine Maritime. We seem to have most points covered for doing bits and pieces to the house – not too much we hope. However, one thing seems to be a bit problematic.

    Does anybody know of somebody who could come in from the area and fix up a couple of televisions on English channels for us. I don’t know if French electricians can do this – I’ve never asked!

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    You must be just about pausing for breath – moving is quite stressful.  Hope that you’ll soon feel very settled in your new area, especially now that you’re nearer for family visits and walking the wonderful coastline.  If you have seen lots of smiling in the village, maybe the locals are taking their cue from your aptly named Maire?

    Wishing you both a lovely 2019 and hugs to Django.

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    John James
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    Thanks for your best wishes CR – yes, you could could write a book on the move – just when you thought something else couldn’t go wrong, it it. Never again – next time I’m under six feet of earth!

    Never mind – we’re settling in and Django loves it – he’s generally a good barometer.

    Hope you’re keeping well and we all send our best wishes.

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    Hugs to you both and a special one for django…

    hope it’s going really well and that you will soon feel completely at home.

     

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    John James
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    Marmite – Good as it is to be settling in, sometimes you worry about good friends and wish the distance wasn’t quite so far.

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