Funnily enough this is a topic of intense discussion in our house at the moment...I want to go back & my husband thinks I've lost the plot! Especially in light of us popping to UK in October for 4 nights to take in a Bob Dylan concert in Manchester & do the family duties, disembarking the ferry in Portsmouth at 7.15 a.m. it took us 12 hours to reach our destination in The Peak District - followed by the next 3 days anywhere we tried to go, took double the length of time it used to - sheer traffic volume now in the UK.
We've been here 15 years, have not stopped with various projects, built a vacation rental business, as we are in Normandy & in the heart of American Landing area 85% of our business is American...this year, our most successful ever, has left me wrung out & exhausted! (some Americans can be very needy on holiday!)...
I've talked to some of my French friends about my feelings & they are horrified that I'm feeling this way and have actually rallied around organizing shopping trips & culture trips.
Analyzing it I have drawn up what is bothering me - it actually comes down to the language & the Irish side of me missing the pub & the 'craick'! Of course I speak passable French after the time here, (I've been in hospital for emergency treatment and managed very well), but it's not always possible to play with words and be witty - I find it's always so serious mingling with French, you're concentrating...(except when the Calvados comes out, then it is a different thing, it ends up like an Irish night out with song & laughter!), but these events are few.
For sure the Health Cover here is excellent, the environment is spotless, we have no crime, little traffic. We have a great house, Llamas, Alpacas, 3 dogs, 8 cats to mention a few of our creatures, church bells, no noise or light pollution, clean air, blue flag beaches 10 miles away, in the heart of a National Park...
But, it's rural, there isn't a local, they all speak French & I feel buried at times!
We therefore are making a big adjustment with our work life balance. When we weighed it all up, work took over, so for 2016 we will cut back...as someone else said it's fatal to stop work completely - that's when you go on the slippery slope of nothing.
I'm hoping with more 'me' time I will have the time, and not be so tired all the time, ( you don't have the same energy levels in your 60's that is for sure!), we will to be able to enjoy France again...for the 1st time in 6 years we are taking a holiday...we even forgot to do that...our fleeting getaways were always to UK for family visits/duties etc.
I think we will stay, (in fact I'm now sure having replied to this thread), but like a marriage you have to work at it!