It's a couple of years now since I first decided that we really needed to do something about our outside dining area at the mill. After all we spend most of our lives out there from April through to October. (Not just eating and drinking you understand!) We'd been so busy renovating the inside of … Continue reading From factory floor to lush garden oasis – the terrace challenge
The last part in the saga of us getting our residence permits for France. But first... An important reminder: If you are British and have been living permanently in France since before 31st December 2020, you must apply for a new WARP residence permit by 1st July 2021, even if you already have a permanent … Continue reading Residence Permit – WARP cards are here!
< Back to 'History' In my previous post I talked about the difficult period around the French Revolution, the things that were happening around the Moulin de la Roche at the time and how they might have impacted the miller, René Monsimier and his family. The story continues with the miller who took over Moulin … Continue reading René Plassais: miller 1805 – 1820
< Back to 'History' It's not just who lived in your house before you that's fascinating. It is also what was happening around them during their lives. This is especially true for the millers at le Moulin de la Roche in the 1700s as, out of all the turbulent times that France has seen in … Continue reading René Monsimier: miller from 1770 ish – 1805
After our first somewhat unsuccessful attempt at getting a Titre de Séjour, residence permit when we first arrived in France, our application for the new post-Brexit permit , or WARP as they have decided to call it, had been submitted in October 2020 and we had been waiting patiently ever since to hear something. Anyone … Continue reading Residence Permit – WARP Factor 3
OK, so it's nothing as grand as a library, but it's where we keep our books. Once our landing had designed itself, and what we needed from this space became clear, we set about creating a cosy, warm reading and music corner with plenty of storage for books and all sorts of other paraphenalia like … Continue reading The ‘library’
All the houses I have ever lived in have had stairs, and at the top of those stairs was a landing. (Actually, all except one, where the stairs just ended up at the door of the only bedroom). Every landing has posed a similar DIY challenge - how to make the most of a tiny … Continue reading The landing that designed itself
Trouble at t'mill < Back to 'History' If you have read the page about the origins of le Moulin de la Roche, you'll know how excited I was to find that our mill was mentioned as one of the properties included in the donation Guy I de Laval made of his lands in Auvers in … Continue reading The Middle Ages
Last week was my birthday. Obviously, it was a rather quiet affair - not that I have ever done big parties or extravagent holidays to celebrate, but a nice meal out would have been nice... Unfortunately all bars, restaurants etc have been shut in France since October and look unlikely to reopen any time soon, … Continue reading 2020 – a write-off? No way!
We've been trying to obtain residence permits or titres de séjours ever since we moved to live in France. If you read the first part of this saga, you will know that this wasn't because of any issues with our status but because the system kept changing and anything administrative always takes longer than you'd … Continue reading Residence permit – WARP Factor 2