A somewhat belated first post, but here it is!

Bathed by the warm September sunshine here in Charente Maritime, we have become homeowners in this beautiful corner of Western France and welcomed our first guests to the holiday cottage we have christened 'Le Vincent'.  Arriving with a van full of furniture, our willing family members swam, played pool and enjoyed the glorious weather, interspersed with bouts of unpacking, gardening and helping us to make our own house feel like a home from home; all this while road-testing what will be our new venture.

Special thanks are due to Paul, Lee and Jay, who worked tirelessly lifting, shifting, rotovating, mowing and drilling; to Trudy for agreeing to forego her UK birthday celebrations and bring them to us; and to Rachel for the tea, lots of new photos for future posts and her all-important smile!

Merci à tous. Santé!