A shopping spree…

What are you thinking? Designer handbags, fabulous French fashion, perfume…

These suggestions couldn’t be further from reality!

a-shopping-spreeThese are the first purchases for the new home.

You may spot rubber gloves, toilet paper, kitchen towels, a toilet brush – to name but a few items – and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

I’m not complaining, however. I’m delighted!

Random!

 

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Imagine our surprise when exiting a restaurant in Castelnaudary and seeing these!

Especially in a supermarket (Géant) car park.

We’d only had half a bottle of white wine – honest!

I’m sure you can work out some of the scenarios going through our minds…

Turns out, they were advertising a circus that was in town that week.

I’m no fan of the circus, I’m afraid, and those that have live animals are particularly offensive to me, as a massive animal lover.

Enough said. Perhaps I should run a slogan competition for the wittiest caption to accompany my rather poor photos but then again…

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now for something completely different…

Although we now have a house we don’t have any beds! As a result, we have been staying in a local hotel. However, there was one night when the hotel was unable to accommodate us and so we succumbed to the charms of a night on water. The ultimate way to experience the Canal du Midi.

Our Dutch barge was called ‘Péniche Kapadokya’ and is owned by a delightful couple of professional photographers, Patrick and Mado. They live on the barge with their son and dachshund.

On arrival, we were welcomed with an apéro which we took on deck; a wonderful opportunity to watch the boats navigate the nearby lock.

Our cabin, although bijou, was beautifully decorated and had everything one could need, including a full size shower. The bed was extremely comfortable and we slept like logs!

If you ever have the opportunity to spend a night on this part of the Canal du Midi, I can thoroughly recommend the Péniche Kapadokya.

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Evening view of the barge

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Our delightful hosts

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Péniche Kapadokya

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Breakfast on deck

Well, we’ve only gone and done it!

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Bought a house in France. Should I change the name of this blog, I wonder? Should FancyingFrance become LivingthedreamFrance? I’ve no idea! Any suggestions welcome.

Our house is in SW France, in Castelnaudary , in between Toulouse and Carcassone. If we stand in the front garden we can see the Pyrénées on the horizon and if we walk out of our back garden gate, we are on the towpath alongside the Canal du Midi. More details to follow!

Having a home here is somewhat bitter sweet as my dream has been financed by an inheritance. Enough said…

Anyway, I’m having moments of sheer joy, followed by others of feeling overwhelmed with everything we have to do and, equally, appreciating so much what we have. Watch this space!

Le quatorze juillet!

 

Fireworks in Castenaudary to celebrate the quatorze juillet…We won’t be watching them today but we may be next year as we are in the process of buying a house there.Watch this space!

But what are the 14th July celebrations all about? What is Bastille day?

Here is a tongue-in-cheek video clip that might clarify the reasons for the celebrations!

Interesting door knockers!

I find as I get older, I am much more aware of small details around me. I guess it’s because I don’t have any young children competing for my attention! On a recent trip to Castelnaudary, I was very taken by this door knocker…
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And here is the door on which it stands…

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Do you notice the small details too?

I’d love to know!