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  1. Hello... gosh I remember that first thread! Thanks for bringing it back šŸ™‚ I am still walking, Greyman comes with me now too. We retired this year and travelling and walking a great deal; currently in Sri Lanka. I'm glad the forum is still going. So many folks helped us as we started our new life in France and France has been very kind to us. šŸ„°
  2. Hello boys and girls... its been a long long time since I dropped by but for some reason I thought of you all. How is everyone? We're still in our little corner of France, but currently travelling as much as we can. What's new with you guys šŸ™‚
  3. [quote user="mint"]Rose, great to see you back................and looking as lovely as ever![kiss] [/quote] I wish I could play the piano... I have one and I tinker but I've never learned... one day maybe? I am back from another long walk too... 1006 km this time from Seville to St James.  And I am looking a little trimmer too... I managed to lose 25kg this year... five years cancer free and feeling pretty good! I hope all is good in your corner of France [kiss] [kiss] p.s. I havent baked a carrot cake for ages
  4. I can sing (I sing at lots of weddings and parties here in France) ... and I can also walk a lot
  5. [quote user="grumpyaudeman"]"So Iā€™m not asking for sponsorship with nothing in return. Iā€™m offering you a service and in return I ask that you make a donation" As an atheist "The best of fortune" If this charity is important to you why not forgo the long walk and just donate the money you would have spent or am I paying for your holiday ,admittingly with a good intent[/quote] Hello Grumpyaudeman and thanks for your thoughts. Just to clarify you're not paying for my walk, my walk is mine and always has been... all of the money I raise is being split between the two charities.  And just to further clarify, I was always going to walk, I have been doing this ever since I recovered from cancer... it's a way of making me feel alive.  A number of friends have suggested that I use the opportunity to try and raise funds... I've always been a tad reluctant because it adds pressure to something that is much more personal.  However, recently two events happened to people that do mean something to me, so I thought... why not? And to further clarify... I'm already carrying something for another atheist... your beliefs are your own.
  6. Hello folks... a few years ago Mint and Gemonimo walked the Camino Frances, a voyage of almost 800km across northern Spain to Santiago.  Their journey inspired me to follow in their footsteps in 2014... and then I became a bit of an addict. [:D] In 17 days I leave to walk the Via de la Plata.  Starting in Seville, I hope to walk to Santiago de Compostella and then on to Fisterra and Muxia... a total of 1128 kms. I'm walking with purpose in 2016 and I hope to raise Ā£1128... and I would welcome any and all support.  You can find out more from my blog... Rose is walking with Purpose... which documents my first camino and everything walking wise since then... and I'll make regular updates whilst walking. [:$]
  7. Garden Girl and Mint - meeting up again sounds like a grand idea!  I wont be back until around mid-november; I've given myself 7 weeks to walk.  Hopefully I wont be back early!  I'll be keeping a blog again so I'll let you have a link when I start. I did indeed love meeting everyone with Coops - maybe we could do something like that again - I'll even make another carrot cake [:D] And yes... Bergerac is very lovely too (one of Greyman's favourite restaurats is in the old town L'Imparfait, Bergerac)
  8. [quote user="Patf"]Hello Rose - good to see you again [:D] I remember you being poorly - have things improved now? [/quote] Hello Patf I am really well thank you.  Can you beleive that was 5 years ago!  It took me a couple of years to shake it all off but I really am in very good health. (touch wood!) So much so that in 2014 I followed Mint's and Gem's footsteps across the Camino Frances... to kind of celebrate being here.  I did a part of it again last year and in September I'm hoping to walk the Via de la Plata... and when I'm not doing that I sing in a band... in short life is good. I hope that the same is true for you and yours. [kiss]
  9. [quote user="alittlebitfrench"]... I am plucking up the courage to go to the Dordogne to see what all the fuss is about. [/quote] For 20 years of holidays in France we did the same as you... and thought it best to avoid the Dorodgne.  We only came to look because of the flights to the SW of the UK.  After a week of driving around we realised what all the fuss was about... there really are some very very lovely places to visit... even if just for a holiday.  Of course there are lovely places everywhere, but the Dordogne has a good share of them. Why not find a hotel in Perigueux, there are lots to choose from and it's a good base from which to explore. Happy travels.
  10. [quote user="alittlebitfrench"]Hi Rose Do you live in the Dordogne ? I am thinking of moving there. What is it like ?[/quote] I do indeed live in the very beautiful Dordogne.  We live her by accident, rather than design... indeed it was Bergerac Airport and it's flights to the SW of England that first brought us here... and I'm very glad we came! I'm with Mint, I love this little corner of France and I dont recognise the Dordogne that some folks talk of.  One of the drawbacks of living in such a beautiful place is that you do have to put up with a great number of seasonal visitors but I'm more than happy to share.  Our son has gone through primary school, College and now Lycee here and each school has been excellent.   Sadly I also had my share of hospitals and health care services and they were all brilliant too... and nothing too far away either. There are good transport links, it's not too far from the wonderful city of Bordeaux and there is plenty going on to satisfy most folks.  We've been here nearly 9 years and we have some wonderful friends and neighbours... maybe we're just lucky but France has been good for us.
  11. [quote user="Loiseau"]Well, hello Rose! What a lovely surprise on a spring morning! Angela[/quote] Well thank you... that's very nice of you to say so [:D]
  12. I couldn't sleep and I thought I would drop by; it's been awhile.  I found this thread and I'm rather comforted to see that some things never change... ALBF was new to me though [:D]
  13. Hello fellow walkers and pilgrims... just a quick update to say that I'm walking the camino frances again from Saturday and I'll be trying to keep my blog up to date... if anyone is interested. I'm starting in St Jean and weather permitting hope to get to Roncesvalles and carry on to Burgos.  I can only do 2 weeks this time but may be able to come back and finish in October. [:D]
  14. [quote user="Mandy"]We will be moving to France next year with our daughter who will be 16 years. Can any please give advise on education options please.We live near Confolens .[/quote] Hi - you don't give a lot of information in your post but if your daugther is new to France and isn't able to communicate well in French I would say moving her at 16 to complete her education in a French school would be a mistake.  I say this not because I think the schools are bad, but simply because I feel your daughter is too old. There is the option of Inter High - which is an online school where she could study... I'm guessing she's looking to study a-levels?  http://www.interhigh.co.uk/ Failing this I think an international school is your only other option but I'm not sure if there are any near Confolens?
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