My name is Jacqui, I am 42 and have lived in France for just over 7 years now. We moved to the Aude (11) from Somerset in 2003 my husband David, our 2 girls Hannah and Gemma and me.We moved to the small village on the Montagne Noire where my in-laws had lived for 9 years and we holidayed regularly. I still blame the water here because 9 months after we arrived in France so did our twins Alexander and Rebecca.
Well to be fair we did say we wanted to move to France for family life and boy did we get it - in spades!! David worked in the Water industry in the UK but moved into wine here - very biblical!! He was an homme de cave which made our girls howl when they translated it and he loved the fact that his job was also his hobby.
I became a mere du foyer and enjoyed it for the most part. Getting used to the slower pace of life took some time and French paperwork was a nightmare for someone who knew 5 words of French one of which was choux, but I got there somehow.
Now 7 years on both of my in-laws have died and most heartbreakingly of all so has my beloved David. He died at the end of March this year.
So here I am - a Scot in exile looking for some nice folks to pass the time of day with or have a laugh or two or even ask for some help. I reckon I have found it here with you.
Thanks for reading
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. That must be incredibly tough. I / we hope you and the children are coping okay and if there is anything anyone can do, (which I know is trite) please shout. SFN members are a fabulous lot and go out of their way to help each other. Thinking of you C&J xx
Thanks for your concern and I will keep the offer of help in mind. Sometimes you just need somewhere to throw a question into the wind because you don't know what else to do with it. At least here people know the system we live within which as you know is so very different from the UK and might be able to give practical help.
My kids are amazing people and are doing so well, better than I am in many ways,I am really proud of them.
I know my post might seem a bit depressing but it's better to get it out there right away as questions later can be awkward ;o)
Anyway thanks again. Enjoy your evening x
Awwww bless your heart xx Thank you so much although you might regret offering to listen to me rant!! ;o)
Just kidding but it would be lovely to get in touch so I'll send you a friend request if you don't mind.
Thank you for your kind words. They mean a lot to me as does your offer of help - can never have too many people offering that!
I'll send you a friend request if you don't mind being neighbours and all lol Maybe we could meet for coffee sometime in the New Year?
I wish you and your's a very Merry Christmas
Thank you for that - the words of support and encouragement do help. Penpals would be great too - distance no object with mail is there! I did toy with the idea of moving back to the UK but at the end of the day the kids come first and their lives are here (hangs head in shame for not being all that brave). They have lost too much already without taking away everyone/everything they know
I wish you both a very merry Christmas
I admire you for sticking to it especially after your loss, Best of luck Jon
Thanks for that and nice to "meet" you.
Hey Jaqui, another Scot here!
Hang in there, your Christmas must have been so tough...... I'll send you a friend request, I'm miles from you, but I have a phone if you need a chat.
Whereabouts in Scotland are you from?
Christmas hasn't been much fun but guess what we are still here!! No idea how though lol A few wobbles but for the most part I think the kids had an OK time and that's what matters.
Please do send a request and as you say with a phone/mail or the internet distance is no barrier.
I am from Falkirk originally and although I've been away now for longer than I lived there I still think of it as home - weird huh!
What about you? Where do you originate from?
I'm originally from Glasgow, but lived in Edinburgh for a long time. And yes, like you, it's my home!
I'm being thick, but I can't figure how to add you as a friend? I love this site and the idea of it, but I can't wagon it!I'll give you my numbers when I sort it!