This is my favourite time of the year – I think a favourite for many

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The summer down here in the Languedoc, has been fabulous with high temperatures through June, July, August and September. Even now in mid-October, we are blessed with buckets of sunshine, but just this last week Autumn has begun to truly show its lovely colours: the trees are becoming auburn, the leaves are falling and the vines are now so pretty, the wine harvest having finished (a good year I hear!). Temperatures? Still in the early 20s but cooler, fresher mornings and evenings. We have yet to put on our heating.
 
This is my favourite time of the year – I think a favourite for many, in fact. I have always thought of it as a kind of new beginning. The schools are back, we are not QUITE in the mode of thinking about Christmas just yet, and this is a wonderful time to take a weekend break. We travelled over to Andorra for the weekend and had a glorious time. This is such a pretty little country, land locked between France and Spain, and well worth a visit. It is immaculate and in great shape economically. It should be: it’s a tax free haven for all those who live there, and some might say that the main town of Andorra La Vella resembles an enormous duty free shop somewhat. People visit from far and wide looking for a bargain and of course, when winter comes, the skiing is great.
 
Our Andorra trip was a welcome break before Mr. Fix It travelled up to Manchester, where he is currently working on a set design for a small series about a provincial football team being filmed there. Something of a culture shock, I fear, after being away for two weeks in Los Angeles, followed by our super couple of days in Andorra!
 
Once he is back next month, the work on the house will continue: still a couple of bedrooms to decorate and then the planning for our top floor - but that will have to wait until next year! Moving to France (particularly at our age!) we feel means enjoying life and soaking up everything that this lovely country has to offer, not just working: good advice for anyone wishing to make the big move here.

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