A cow in labor and one solitary bee

We demolished every wall in the house except a stone wall that had been the end of the original house before an addition in the 1800s. Our contractor’s assistant discovered it when he was removing loose plaster. The wall emerged in three days of grueling work, Joe’s jackhammer…

A Courbet fox

John and I are amazed at how much wildlife we see in France, more than anywhere in the US. It’s hard to imagine where the animals live, the entire countryside is cultivated and most of the woods are planted – sycamores in straight, evenly spaced rows, no undergrowth.…

The Neighborhood

The man that sold us our house warned us not to trust the neighbor. The neighbor said don’t trust the farmer. The farmer kept his own counsel. We set out to find out by ourselves. There are five families in the neighborhood. We met Bertrand and Mathilda first,…

Whistler

We bought a car, a rebuilt 1989 silver Audi from a mechanic for 3,000 euros cash. The mechanic’s name is José and he said he lived for the love of making cars. He was tall, dark and Spanish and had one tooth that stuck straight out of his…

Got Married!

John and I are still in New York and will return to the Périgord in early November, this time with our two cats and a commitment to make France our permanent home. John got the new artist’s visa (pour les compétences et talents) from the French consulate in…