We've had our house here for 20 years and yet have always found that we didn't fit in! I've decided that the reason is......we haven't got any dogs! I now realise that if you are British and live in France, it is compulsory to own at least one dog but preferably, up to 6! We've put up some pictures and statues of them at the gate, but to no avail. People just walk by, maybe slowing down briefly whilst their dogs, on 50 metre long leads, crap on our garden.
We thought of moving to Marseilles to get away from all this, but after we both walked and slipped in some of "the stuff" and being told by the tourist office that "c'est la vie", we've decided to compromise and have bought 8 huskies and a toboggan. Now we've just got to save up for their jabs for when we drive them onto the Chunnel! At least it'll save on diesel!