Spending money in France when it’s needed

Thanks everyone for your comments and supportive messages after last week’s post. I think that it was a perfect storm of a quieter work week ahead of spending the most money we have on anything here in France (besides the house itself bien sur!).

I have held off posting this week so that I could include the before and after pictures of our tree felling escapades over the last 48 hours. The whole event was preceded by a bit of a sleepless night for me as I was nervous that the trees wouldn’t come out without damaging the electrical cable which ran directly through the middle of one of the conifers, as well as two others which were touching the phone cables of all of our neighbours’, and I was keen not to fall out of favour with everyone within the first few months of being here!

As a side note, we have already been here in France for almost six whole months – so for those of you who have been following me since we got here – and there are even some of you who will have been following our escape from the UK from the planning stages of last summer (!!) – that’s the fastest six months of our lives that I have ever known! As we were wheelbarrowing wood up to the top of our garden yesterday evening I took the moment to lie down on the grass and reflect on all that had passed.

From selling our UK home, living in a gite, buying this place and making it habitable, we have come so so so far, and yet still have so much to do. However, I have a feeling that’s a theme that I’ll be coming back to frequently!

So for now, we can bask in the glory of this week’s big win. And our new, phenomenal view. What do you think?


  1. May 4, 2019 / 9:58 pm

    Oh, so much better. I can understand your concern about the cables. The first time we got someone to prune back our silk tree they damaged our neighbour’s telephone line! The neighbour lives in Paris and we were already on good terms so we survived but i fret each winter when the tree pruning time comes around. By the look of those stumps the time to cut them down was well overdue. Are you left with the stumps? Perch a few pots of flowers on them? 🙂

    • frugalenfrance
      May 4, 2019 / 10:06 pm

      Ah thank you! Yes once we’ve cleared things I’m hoping to get some nice plants in there. I best roll my sleeves up and get moving this wood! 😂🌲

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