We are delighted to be featured in this month’s issue of French Property News

Last month, Julia was invited to write an article for the magazine so she put pen to paper to describe our journey so far.

The article obviously needed to be relevant to news about French property, so she talks about how we fell in love with a place quite quickly and of how we pulled away due to newly learned pitfalls. The article goes on to discuss how we then chose to get down here to South West France and ‘try before we buy’ in the area and just make sure that we are in the right place.

The article runs over 4 pages and includes photos taken by me (Colin) and a couple of us by Caroline Hubbard of Leggett, French Estate Agents



Here’s a very short excerpt:

“In early 2014, my husband, Colin and I were living a nice wee life in our rented cottage in the countryside in East Lothian, but were feeling a tad bored and eager for an adventure and a new challenge.

How could we combine and build our businesses into something bigger and better that would give us more long-term security? What had we learned already through our creative practices that we could share with other people? What do we value in this world and how can we contribute? How could we do this with no property to sell or considerable savings in the bank?

Colin is a digital media professional, photographer and drummer, and I’m a web designer, textile and mixed media visual artist and exhibition coordinator for a large Scottish arts society.

We work hard and play hard, with a very blurred seam in-between!

Colin spends much of his free time helping friends in bands or new businesses get off the ground by making promotional videos for them, or photographing their headshots for example. ‘It’s nice to be nice’ he says, but I know that he absolutely loves doing this. He has a real natural talent for getting people to relax behind the camera and a brilliant eye for composition and style. I, on the other hand, obsess over houses! Architecture, interior design, household objects… these are a constant inspiration for me, both in my artwork and in my spare time. I love to host, to make an interior welcoming, to clean and decorate. I also enjoy teaching other people traditional domestic skills.

We long to own a property where we can do all of this, a property that we can make a haven for creative folk, which offers them a change of pace, and the space to create.”

Photo’s Colin Usher & Caroline Hubbard

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