Life in France update
byon 27th March 2012 at 12:33 PM (529 Views)
Well it is now getting on for eight Months since we moved here in Brittany.Although it was obviously a gamble in selling up completely in the UK I can honestly say that it is a decision I don't regret for one moment.
I fell it has given us a new lease of life so to speak, we are experiencing a whole new way of life and see and do different things nearly every week. Of course it is not for everyone and many people would, I am sure feel uncomfortable about moving to a new Country and not be able to speak the language. In addition the customs, laws and regulations are different from the UK. That is not to say they are worse or better but just different.
Certainly there is a lot of red tape and bureaucracy here which can be frustrating at times but there is a good side to that as well in that you know where you stand. It seems every time you need to do something that is official you need everything from birth and wedding certificates, passport and bank details. However on the plus side cheques are accepted just like cash over here ( Nobody bounces cheques as It's against the law ) When you insure your car, you do just that ( not the driver ) which means that anyone can drive my car with full cover. If I apply for health insurance for instance, by law it seems they must accept me and without asking questions about past health history.
With regard to health the French system is regarded as one of the best in the world, to give an example If I went to a doctor in the UK and say needed something non urgent, lets say a hip replacement I'm guessing that it would take at least a few months to be dealt with. Over here If I went to the doctor about the same thing I would probably be seeing a specialist consultant tomorrow and having the operation before the end of the week.
Since I have been here I have bought a tractor, plough and rotavator and am taking up producing all of our own vegetables.
The last couple of weeks I have been working on an area at the rear of the house, the area gets a lot of sun but was not very attractive to sit out on as it was just plain concrete so what I have done is to form a decking area and seating area.
here are before and after photos:
I am really hoping that at some stage some members here will make a visit, I reckon there is seating for up to 25 people there so It would make an ideal BBQ setting..........