Hi Folks Introducing myself having just joined the network, although I've been aware of it for some time. I find your discussions interesting especially when I am living at our second home in the Montagne Noire near Carcassonne. My connection with France goes back a long way since meeting my friend Dominique from Beziers when we worked as volunteers in a children's home in Essex when both just 16yrs.We have remained firm friends and she helped us buy our French house in 2006 even having Power of Attorney from us to do the paper work. She is a recently retired English teacher and my background is social work, also retired. I studied in Edinburgh , and she shared a flat with me. She loved Scotland and I loved France, an Auld Alliance. My husband and I now spend several months in France each year. He writes and enjoys the peace and quiet of village life. If you enjoy a laugh, and are not of a sensitive disposition, you can hear his current project for free on Soundcloud and Podbean, under Comedy. It's "Journal of an Island Spinster".