Monday, May 07, 2007

Exciting news!

So much to tell you, where to begin?

Let's start with the knitting. The top down cardigan is finished and it turned out exactly how I imagined it would (how often does that happen??)

It fits perfectly, the yarn is soft, I just love it. I'm really impressed with the Knitting Pure & Simple patterns - this is the third one I've knitted and each one has been very well written and turned out beautifully. Definitely a pattern I would knit again, and would also definitely use the Sublime yarn again.

Ok, on to the exciting news.

What happens when a dream becomes a reality? When something you've hoped for, wished for, planned for, for years is suddenly there, within your grasp? Well, we're about to find out, because in just under 13 weeks (gulp) we are moving to France.

Regular readers will remember that we went on a house hunting trip back in January, and fell in love with a small farm which was waaaay out of our price range. The agent advised us to make an offer as the owners have divorced and were keen to sell, so we offered our maximum price (25% below the asking price!) and amazingly, it was accepted! We signed the initial contracts at the end of March, and we complete the sale on 31st July. So, may I present to you A Pedemont.

The house

The barns

The lake

The view from the back of the house to the village

The view from the village to the house

As you can see, the house is perched on top of a small hill, surrounded by its own land (14 hectares). The view from the front of the house is a simply stunning panorama of the Pyrenees - so beautiful it makes me cry. So far I have singularly failed to photograph the view as the only time the mountains weren't obscured by either cloud or a heat haze I didn't have the camera with me :(

The house is a 10 minute stroll from the village of Beaumarches - a really pretty medieval village, and only a 5 minute drive from the b&b we have been staying at each time we've visited. The owners Fran & Richard have become friends and I'm so glad that we have ended up being nearby.

Ten minutes drive away is the nearest small town, Marciac, a beautiful bastide town renowned for its international jazz festival.

The house is, shall we say, a "project". It is habitable (it has electricty, gas, water, heating) but is only partly renovated. There is sooooo much work to do on it. Still, we really don't care. We can live with it how it is and we will gradually do the work as we can afford it. We think it will probably take us about 3 years. One thing I am absolutely sure of is it will be beautiful when it is finished, and the location is just so stunning. It was the location that really sold it to us - the views, within walking distance of a village, and in exactly the part of Gascony we wanted to live. Only an hour from the airport so easy for me to commute back to the UK (I will be splitting my time between France and the UK working 2 weeks in France then a week in London). Even better, Eddie will be able to give up his conference work and concentrate solely on the farm. I think the goats and sheep will love it - the land is all really good grazing, and full of wild flowers and herbs.

We have to keep pinching ourselves - we can't believe that after so long our dream is finally coming true. We went over last week for a few days and it was great to see the house again - although not quite so great to be reminded of how much work there is!

The next 13 weeks are going to be a blur - so much to organise, not just to move us but all the animals as well. Still, one step at a time.

Oh, and on Friday 27th April, we got married ;)


Anonymous Caroline M said...

Congratulations on everything, the wedding, the dream house, the perfect cardigan. It's all just coming right at the moment (care to pick 6 numbers between 1 and 49?)

A normal house move is bad enough but one with animals! Is 13 weeks enough to turn the paperwork around?

3:13 pm  
Anonymous cathy said...


That's so wonderful! I'm so happy for you !

3:41 pm  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

Oh my goodness! There's so much to be happy for! Congratulations on the wedding! And the new home and the beautiful cardigan. Wow!

4:56 pm  
Blogger sarah said...

What a fantastic opportunity for you both. The house looks adorable. As a lover of all things French (married to a man who isn't) I am green with envy. Good luck with your new life!

10:23 pm  
Anonymous kerrie said...

wow - so much exciting news all at once! Congratulations on the wedding and the house and everything. Can I come into London and take you out for pizza to celebrate? With Trinity too of course? xx

7:49 pm  
Blogger Sarah said...


The house looks amazing. The village, the land...the wedding!

I'm so very excited for you.

10:52 pm  
Blogger Iris said...

Oh my god, how completely wonderful. Congratulations on getting married and on finding a new nest in France. It looks absolutely idyllic. And as someone who is living in a "project" I can say that although sometimes it is a bit of a challenge it is also always very very exciting. I wouldn'want to swap it for a new house. :-)

Good luck with it all!!


12:27 pm  
Blogger Fair isle faerie said...

A/.. Congrats !!! here's to a lifetime of joy for both of you.

B/ Im green with envy !! what a true beauty of a place !! It looks so perfect.

Hope you stay in touch when you get over that side..


9:57 pm  
Blogger blueadt said...

Congratulations on everything, it all sounds VERY exciting!

11:45 am  
Blogger mf said...

Congratulations!! WOW!! Absolutely beautiful!
Amazing you've had any time to knit or spin!

2:10 pm  
Blogger Stephanie Jean-Louis said...

I came to your site via Kerrie's . . . you are moving to a lovely area! I am a transplant from Seattle living near Lourdes and Tarbes (about 1 hour south of your new maison). I have yet to stumble upon any English-speaking knitters in the area :( Will you continue raising goats and sheep in France? Good luck with the move ~

6:56 pm  

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