We moved here as a family from London in 2001 so my kids - now 18 and 21 - have grown up here. We started off in a bit of a monster house where I ran a gite/B&B and I am glad to say that, as the kids moved on, we have been able to downsize and I could kiss goodbye to the holidaymakers.
We only moved 10km down the road though, to an ugly duckling house with stunning views and plenty of horse land. My handy OH is sorting out the house while I spend my 'retirement' time riding and looking after our four horses. Actually, that's not quite true: they are not OUR horses, the OH doesn't ride LOL
Much of my social life revolves around the nags - I would say I am pretty well integrated and having had two kids go through the school system has helped. The Oh misses a good pub but has made the transition from London lad to country bumpkin pretty well and is brilliant at building chicken runs and raised veg beds!
We lead a quiet life (with two uni-age kids - one in the UK - there is little spare cash for anything else!) Our greatest pleasure is a glass of rosé while watching the sun go down ...
I think we both feel lucky to be here :-)