Living in the French countryside, the Dordogne can be a double edged sword. The simplicity of the everyday living and the frustrations of the slow pace of life when you need things to be working faster they don’t, and the French will not be rushed so no point trying, so you live here with the knowledge that things will happen in their own time.
Come spring the place comes alive, all of a sudden the shutters are opened, garden furniture is being put out, lawn mowers are active again and everyone is busy in their gardens. Restaurants are preparing to re-open after being closed for nearly 5 months; everyone is rushing around trying to get everything ready for the spring/summer and the ciaos to come.
We live right in tourist central, the area where pre-historic man began, come April we see nearly every type of European number plate on the road; people come from all over to visit this amazing part of the country the Dordogne Noir.
Nature starts to wake up and the countryside looks so beautiful, plants are starting to bud, birds and butterflies appear and the weather is warmer and generally everyone feels good, looking forward to summer.