Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Renovation project the highlights of 2013

Renovation project the highlights of 2013

It's New Years Day 2014 (and yes the blog is a little bit behind, but hey this is the beauty of doing an online diary) and so I thought before we continue with our journey it would be nice to recap on the highlights of the year.

These are my highlights if you think I have missed any out please let me know in the comments below.

I would also like to say a big hello to all of the friends we have made on this journey, some of whom we have met and others that have just given support on the way.

Wishing you all a very happy new year

January 2013

How stupid can 2 middle aged women be

The day we got lost on a cycle ride but saw some beautiful parts of Huelgoat!

February 2013

The day I gave up on my french and just started to sing and dance with the little old lady who lives next door

March 2013

The day we got our sheep

surprised sheep renovation project

April 2013

The stairs and landing are painted and it looks like a different house

May 2013

The day the car broke down 10 miles from the airport as we were going to collect my daughter and baby grandaughter and our faith in humanity was restored!

May was a good month, so I have 2 favourites

Good Karma

Vera the Vole and we have a living room

June 2013

It's a hard choice for June as well, but the winner has to be the day I received a copy of French Property Magazine with my first published article

July 2013

July is spent on holiday and there were so many highlights but Le Petite Train d'Artouste was amazing, we travelled around the tops of the mountains in a little train wearing jeans and a sweater (we somehow didn't associate the tops of snow covered mountains with being cold!!!!)

August 2013

We finally make a start on our new kitchen

September 2013

The trusty BBQ finally leaves the house, this was quite a momentous occasion

October 2013

A bit of a strange one for a highlight, but looking at it positively the day I thought I was going to die and didn't.

November 2013

Finding out that the flights to the UK have stopped just before my baby granddaughters first birthday

December 2013

The main differences between house buying in England and France

My writing competition entry won me 2nd prize and the blog was awarded silver in the expat blog awards 2013

France expat blogs
We have had an amazing 2013 and hopefully 2014 will be even better

Happy New year everybody


  1. Maybe you could have ended with the trip to see the fireworks in the rain to see the New Year in, only to find that a) there were no fireworks, and b) we were the only four people alive in Huelgoat at that time of night !

    1. ha ha that will be getting featured soon, along with the tip of actually checking that there are fireworks before leaving your lovely warm house!

  2. Happy New Year. Love following along with your adventure. Looking forward to seeing the completed? house in 2014!

    1. thanks Janice, hopefully it will only be a few more months, goodness knows what we'll do then, but maybe the B&B will make some good stories :) all the best for the new year

  3. What a year. Congratulations on your prize!

    I wonder what you'll get up to next...

    1. Thanks Anji, I was so pleased. we have a few more months on the house then who knows :)

  4. Congratulations on the silver award!!! Well done!!

  5. Thanks Gerda, I was so chuffed when I got the award :)