Hi, I joined this site when it first went online. Much better than the “other” site. This is our 5th year in Brittany and we absolutely love it, the way of life, the people, everything. I know some things can be a bit frustrating at times but we wouldn’t change our lifestyle. (apart from having a win on the lottery then we could do all the things on the house that we want to do). At this point in time we could never imagine going back to the UK. Doing my best to learn French at the moment although it isn’t easy but hopefully one day I will be fluent.
Hello, I’m Julie, I just found this site by accident. Myself and my husband bought in 22 18 years ago with the plan to move and retire to our dream house in Brittany. however the universe had other ideas as he sadly passed away 5 years ago before we could move. I have been holding things together since then as my son was at school still, and I have not been able to get over as much as we had done as a family before.I still have some stuff to finish with the house, and might be asking for advice from time to time. And who knows? I might be able to fulfil my dream of living in Brittany some time in the future. My son is training to be a carpenter as his dad was, and wants to finish the renovations for him, so maybe soon I’ll be holding bits of wood for him as I did before.
Hello Julie Well it was a happy accident that you found us
Good for you for following your dream and how lovely that your son has those plans, what a perfect aim for him to have. We will be rooting for you to get here as much as you can and yes just ask if you need some advice, lots of kind and helpful people on here.Anonymous5th April 2016 at 1:19 pm #4271
I came across your forum on another site, I have lived in Brittany for 8 yrs now. The plan was to use the house as a holiday home but the more we came over the harder it was to go back, we live in central Brittany and just love it here
Hello fellow UB subscribers. I looked at this site to ascertain if there was anything self- sufficiency related forum or related sections. I was delighted to find a dedicated self-sufficiency forum so hello to all you wanabes like me and a heartfelt thumbs-up to those of you that have broken ground and better.
I am 58 and Bev, my wife of 40 years, is 61. We currently live in Finistère near Huelgoat but are planning to build an octagonal, straw-bale house and a similar but smaller studio on a hectare of ‘magical’ land we recently purchased in the Limousin after a 5 year search. We had our preliminary meeting with the architect last week during our first real stay there.
We WILL be going self-sufficient, off-grid for everything except a phone/internet line unless a viable alternative comes to market in the meantime. We hope to achieve 80% over-all efficiency with excess produce being sold or preferably traded.
I will be posing a plethora of questions on the SS forum in the hope that those amongst you who have useful information or suggestions to share. I will also try to help anyone posing questions I feel qualified to answer.
I look forward getting to know you all, who knows where things may lead!
Hello @violet Yes Brittany does pull you in! We never really intended to stay here but here we are
Hello @Paul Cahill So glad you have found us! I remember attempting to have some alternative lifestyle conversations with you before… I am so thrilled your plans are moving forward
Hello there, Nice to see you here greeting everyone Withcy Poo. I looked in here a couple of weeks ago but didn’t have time to join till now – this is how retirement is, never enough time in the day to do all the things that I want to do I like how the pages are set up and everyone is very friendly, much more personable than the ‘other’ site Looking forward to good experiences.
Hi everyone I have been living in France for 12 years now and Like most of what I have here. No place is perfect except for Lancashire I speak pretty good French and am well integrated in to the local community. I would like to offer my services to anyone requiring help with anything outside their French capabilities, or with any questions relating to living in France as a newcomer. No charge of course, but I do reserve the right to say no. Hope you enjoying your life wherever you are.
Thank you WP. I must say, I really DO like this site;
Easy to read, nice list of topics to hand, it remembers who I am (!!!!!) unlike Some Other Sites and is easy to navigate.
And, Sorry, my green door has never met Shakin’ Stevens; more’s the pity…
Little bio – here in 56-land for 12 years now, mainly Irish (I am native, He was naturalised years ago and the children were born there but are now taking French citizenship). Three cats, a guinea pig and a tree business.
Some of you might know me as ‘The Wicklow Wench’…….
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