If you don’t like France you can always move back
6th November 2013 at 07:25 #1038432
joinfranceParticipantJoined: 07 Oct 2010Location: 19150 Laguenne, CorrezeTotal posts: 948
When I arrived in France in 2007 I was NFA (of no fixed abode), and stayed so for 3 years. Now I have a little house and a nice life. I have an income which is too small to pay tax in either UK or France, and manage quite well. Realistically it would be very hard to return to the UK if I wanted to, but I’m with Bentley. If I really wanted to I would find a way.
Part of the reason for my contentment (and yes, at times I have gripes too!) is that I try to look on the positive side, to appreciate what I have and not to dwell on the negative. It really is a case of ‘cut your coat to suit your cloth’. I have lost my home and all we possessed (through accident) twice, but each time I stood with a child in each hand, THAT WAS ALL THAT MATTERED. Everything else can be rebuilt, the most important thing is that everyone is safe.
Joinfrance6th November 2013 at 12:37 #1038431
planetguingParticipantJoined: 19 Oct 2007Location: Ariege plain looking at the "Nees"Total posts: 366
It is possible also to have your cake and eat it by thinking laterally – we moved here 18 years ago in our early fit 40’s – our farmhouse, typically started out as a farmhouse and barns, with stone walls seperating each of them – we have a commune single track lane on one side and fields the other, so when OH’s health failed and we could no longer keep up the gites, swimming pool, garden, veggie patch and fields, we were very settled here – so selling up the whole was the last thing we wanted to do, but needed the supplementary income from the gites (which we had been letting holidays and short to medium lets to both English and French folks).
In the end, we split the property in two, with the pool and a fair sized part of the garden (2600m2)going with it, it wasn’t cheap – splitting the services, paying for the tests, geometre etc., but at the end of the day, we have friendly French neighbours, who we hardly ever know whether they’re here or not .. and we didn’t even have to move =D>
We had a lot of English people looking at the property, but the feedback from the agencies was that as we are out in the countryside – no other neighbours – surrounded by fields and the Pyrenees and Lauragais – the English were only looking to buy a detached property – our French buyers love the peace and quiet, own a restaurant in the village and have no problem having neighbours6th November 2013 at 14:23 #1038430
AardvarkParticipantJoined: 27 May 2009Location: 22Total posts: 2457
Not a hump yorkie – not at all — I think in reality most people go through these traumaus – it is how you deal with them and when — in my experience + the first 5 years are the hardest – you adapt – you fall – you dread – you create – you delve – you realise — where you are – what you have – what you will lose and what you will gain — but that is down to the individual and eventually you will find where you want to be
Profound statement there. I went through that same sequence myself when I first arrived in England (Kent!) in 1970. I went through all those emotions and fought almost every step of the way until nearly 1975 when wild horses couldn’t have dragged me back to my roots (LA). In hindsight, making the move was the best thing I ever did. And making the move to France for me has been the best decision since then.6th November 2013 at 17:58 #1038429
sauterelleParticipantJoined: 15 Jul 2013Location: 17 Charente-MaritimeTotal posts: 90
I was talking to a removals company about getting something delivered here from the UK and they said they were coming over shortly to move a couple and baby back to the UK after they had lived in France for a month!6th November 2013 at 19:10 #1038428
ribParticipantJoined: 04 Jan 2012Location: FranceTotal posts: 171
I was talking to a removals company about getting something delivered here from the UK and they said they were coming over shortly to move a couple and baby back to the UK after they had lived in France for a month!
Making an assumption, though I can understand that if the couple had no family network with a young child here!
So far the relocation is good