So the time has come it would seem.. My husband and I are leaving our kids with my mother for a week (something that has never happened before - so god knows how long it will be before I get a call requesting we return home) and we are going to Troyes to stay with my husband's family; using it as a base to explore the northern part of Bourgogne in the hope that we can find somewhere that ticks the boxes to put down our roots.
As usual, I want far too much for our money (land/at least four bedrooms/old style house/rural but not TOO rural/near good schools/good transport links/close to employment/a fairy in the loft and a unicorn in the garden etc etc and all for £70,000).
Whether or not we will find anything close to that (in all honesty the unicorn in the garden would be enough) is another story! I realise compromises are going to have to be made but after such a long time umming and ahhing about the whole thing it has come to the time when we are ready to make the leap.
Employment for my husband shouldn't be too tough; he is French and a trained chef and wants to learn carpentry. For me, another issue. I am (as some of you may remember) a trained therapist (massage/reflexology/reiki etc) and so will have to be very careful about the wording in advertising and god knows how easy it will be set up a room at home to work from as apparently I am not allowed to practice more than one therapy at a time in one building (maybe I could have a set of log cabins in the garden and move from one to the other depending on what treatment I am giving :-) ) - the other thing I have started doing despite not being qualified, is proof reading and copy-editing for a company here.. so I am thinking that maybe if I get a bit better at it or do a short course, then I could also do that. However, my French (whilst passable for getting about and making myself understood) is not good enough to work with, so I would have to stick to English speaking employers.. hopefully something I could correct in a few year's time.
Anyhoo.. if there are any fellow Bourgognees.. then do give me a shout.. or just anyone else who fancies saying hello!