Bon Courage [Secure eReader]
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eBook by Richard Wiles
eBook Category: Travel/General Nonfiction
eBook Description: A dilapidated, rat-infested stone barn set amidst thirteen acres of overgrown woodland and unkempt pasture might not be many people's vision of a potential dream home. But for English couple Richard and his wife Al, the cavernous, oak-beamed building in a sleepy hamlet of the Limousin region of France is perfect. Tussles with French bureaucracy allied with fierce storms that wreak havoc on the property do little to dampen resolve as they immerse themselves in the calm of this quiet corner of France, taking trips in Richard's balloon and starting their very own llama farm. Their colourful, often eccentric neighbours are always ready to lend a hand: the jovial ex-Gendarme and his wife, who is able to foretell the weather; a lonely widow who offers copious amounts of gateaux in exchange for convivial chat; and a brawny cattleman with suspicious motives in offering to clean up the couple's land. This often hilarious and heartwarming tale is one of obstacles overcome and dreams fulfilled.
eBook Publisher: Summersdale Publishers Ltd/Summersdale Travel, Published: 2004
Fictionwise Release Date: June 2005
1 Reader Ratings:
"...covers the pitfalls and successes of the ambitious project."--French Property News
"...this book will trigger dreams ... humorously highlights the obstacles they had to overcome to fulfil their dream."--Country House & Home
"...eccentric neighbours, llamas, balloons, fun and hard graft are the ingredients in this compelling account of a couple who followed their dream."--Spirit FM
A Spontaneous Proposal
Camping indoors was infinitely preferable to the traditional outdoor variety, as it had rained incessantly for the past fortnight. We had arrived during that unseasonably cold and wet August of 1998 knowing that the grange, or barn, was still occupied by livestock, yet keen to start on the mammoth clearing up procedure that lay before us--despite the fact that the purchase of the farm had not been formally completed. We were blindly confident, nevertheless, that the purchase would proceed without a hitch: because of the binding nature of sale contracts in France there is no possibility of a buyer being gazumped, as can occur in England when an unscrupulous vendor raises the price of the property after it has been verbally agreed with the prospective buyer, or sells it to a higher bidder.