House sitting in country France

House sitting in country France

Two weeks in a country hamlet

Travelling around the world is a wonderful thing for families.

Whether you are a single parent or a family with a few children, (like the one owning this home), travel can be an amazing time of bonding, and a great education.

So when this world travelling family, asked us to care for their hobby farm, we jumped at the chance to spend two weeks in country France.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – saying farewell to the homeowners / family

This family is just lovely, and we enjoy ‘learning the ropes’.

Each house-sit is different. Each owner has their own way of caring for their animals, and animal needs all differ.

Their lovely daughter has drawn maps for dog walks, and made a chart for the animals.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – lovely decorating of the pie by their daughter with berries from the garden

We then go to the vegetable patch and pick fruit for a pie they made and she is decorating.

She does a lovely job, don’t you think?

The father has made home-made bread, and we have lettuce soup from fresh lettuces in the garden.

I’ve never had lettuce soup before, but I highly recommend it. Absolutely lovely, especially with a load of garlic.

It was lovely to share a meal and to hear their travel stories (they have been traveling the world for the last ten months), and for Explorason to have some “kid time”.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – home-made bread and soup

Next day one of their son’s makes us crepe’s for breakfast. How French and what a nice breakfast together.  They head off on their adventure, and we set to unpack and relax.

Having been quite hectic in our travels, we really enjoy having the chance to unwind. I have paperwork to catch up on and some blogging too.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – cuddles by the fire

At first it is cold, so we head out with bags when we walk the dog and collect kindling for the fire. How nice to sit by the fire and enjoy some cuddles with my boy.

Another wonderful aspect of housesitting is that we het ‘animal time’.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – watching YouTube with one of the cats

I love watching Explorason with the animals.  Hmmm – is the cat really watching YouTube?

We seem to have hit some rainy weather, but we don’t mind.

We explore a couple of nearby towns, on our arrival as we have to go and purchase food etc.

Then we have a pyjama day.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – PJ Day

Even the dog gets a walk – but the pyjamas stay on. The cats often start the walks with us too!

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©Exploramum and Explorason – walking the dog in his PJ’s

Things to do on a hobby farm outside give us a chance to enjoy the fresh air.

I tend to the chickens, as I have done this at other house-sits (plus sheep and garden), and we are co-housesitting with another Australian lady, and she enjoys cooking.  It is a good arrangement.

Explorason collects the eggs each afternoon as one of his responsibilities.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – with the chickens

We get to feed corn to the sheep and they eat out of our hand.  So they get a little treat most days. They have water to fill, and we need to move the portable electric fence every few days so they have fresh grass.

We do have a bit of excitement when the battery goes flat on the electric fence. I wake to baa-baa noises at the back door, as two of the three sheep are muting on the garden.

So we rally them up and pop them back in.  I’ve never rounded up sheep before and easier said than done, especially in your pyjamas – it was quite a sight.  An hour later one of them was out again. So I felt very Australian rounding up the sheep again.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – hand-feeding the ‘ladies’ – sheep

There are two cats here to care for – both related, and we are glad we have them. There are field mice and they enjoy the hunt.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – one of the cats

What is amazing is the hamlet has probably a dozen people living in it, and there is a restaurant hidden in a house.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – the hamlet restaurant hidden in their garden

We decide to go on the Saturday night.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – arriving for dinner

We want to meet some locals and we are glad we did.

We knew it was a maximum of 15 people, and that we all sit and share a meal.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – sharing the dinner table is fun

My photos here were taken by Explorason, and are a bit fuzzy, but I’ve popped them in the blog so you get feel for the evening.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – meeting new friends

When we enter we meet a lovely group of family and friends.

They are staying in the area for their annual holidays, and one speaks English.

But we want to learn some French so within minutes we are talking, laughing and sharing an Aperitif.

There are magic tricks, and then a local boy whose Mum works there comes to help clear the tables.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – playing tricks
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©Exploramum and Explorason – playing cards is international for kids

Explorason instantly goes to communicate.  I love the fact language provides no barrier and that he has made the effort.

They play and talk. Now he has a friend down the lane. Over the next week they have a few play times.  It feels like home.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – Explorason’s new friend

There is a goat farm down the road, and I love goat and sheep cheese, so we get a treat that night with some really delightful strong cheeses. Perfect.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – yummy local cheeses

So it is also pretty fitting that we end up making friends with one of the co-owners of the goat farm.

We head down there one day when we have to get some documents scanned and printed, and end pup petting the goats.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – France – visiting the goat farm

The baby kid goats were our favourites. So soft – like puppies.

So here ends our two weeks in France.

It has just been wonderful, and we have loved the feel of the home; the animals; and the region.

I fell a little more “caught up” with my blogs too. Something which is a huge challenge as a single Mum travelling, planning, budgeting, home-schooling etc.

We have had some car problems to attend to on our last day, and are setting about packing a small bag for the next leg of our trip.

When we finish a house sit we clean and wash everything so the home is lovely when we leave.

In this case there are housesitters coming after us, so we always clean up and pop a couple of photographs to the owners so they know we have left it all in good order.

It will also be lovely as we actually have the new housesitters as guests for dinner, and meet another family travelling around the world. They also have two boys, so a bit more ‘kid time’ for Explorason.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – France, Limousin – Meeting the next housesitting family

We are currently heading around Europe and long for more house-sits.

If you know of any house-sits in coming months please pass on our details, or feel free to contact me at exploramum@gmail.com

We love to house-sit and care for plants and animals, and enjoy the feel of having a home.

In this case, we really wish we had longer.  It has just been lovely, and we are so thankful.

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4 comments

  1. Great post Ruth!

    Love the pics. Looked like you had a great time there in beautiful country France. And I love PJ day… we need more of those ourselves!! 😉

    Nat

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