Hello and welcome! We are a family of six living in the lush green countryside of northern France where we emigrated from the southwest of England in March 2014.
When we first arrived in France, our plan was to build a house on a plot of land here, the proceeds from the sale of which would finance a move further south, to sunshine and a home of our own. We have since given up on this plan after having spent so long in temporary housing, and now the plan is to sell the plot to someone else for construction instead. My husband, Jude, is a talented builder and renovator of crumbling old barns and together we would love to find an old farmhouse with a bit of land to support our desire to live a simple and more self-sustaining life with our four children and all of the various animals we seem to collect along the way.
My life revolves around my children, artwork and photography as well as gardening. In 2015 I opened my little Etsy shop selling French brocante sourced from the local vide-greniers which I scour with a passion during the summer months. These days however, much of my time is spent helping Jeanne Hewell-Chambers with The 70273 Project which is commemorating the 70, 273 mentally and physically handicapped men, women and children murdered by the Nazis between January 1940 and August 1941 (before the Holocaust began) under the T4 program. You can read all about it here and there is a fantastic, warm-hearted community of friends who gather around the Project Campfire here.
One of our biggest reasons for wanting to have a brighter, more outdoors lifestyle is our second-youngest daughter who was born with Conradi-Hünermann Syndrome; a rare genetic condition which in her case has caused her to develop severe scoliosis of the spine for which she wears a plastic brace around her torso night and day, every day, as she has done since the age of two. She thrives outdoors, as all children should, revelling in the natural wonders of the world around her.
We are a very happy, connected family, with a strong belief in old-fashioned, simple ideals of what family means: our jobs as parents are to create strong, independent and kind children who will grow up with those same values that we believe make the world a better place to live in. We all share a great love of making and playing together, and I look forward to sharing our adventures with you, dear Reader! I’m glad you’re here and I hope you enjoy our story, with all of its’ ups and downs.
I write from the heart, as this is the only way I know how to be.