Hello, and welcome to our little blog.
I’m assuming that as you’re here, you must be interested in hearing all about the expat life in France. Either that, or you Googled “Frogs Legs Tea Recipes” and found this space, in which case, I can’t help you (yet…I’m still trying to work out how long to mash* the legs for).
We set up this site as we feel we have a unique story to tell. We are a young family and we recently made the decision to move our life from Sheffield in Yorkshire, UK to Montpellier in the south of France.
Paul is Yorkshire born and bred. No stranger to international travel, but until now has never really lived outside of the UK. He’s typically British. Polite. Queues well. Writes a good, strongly worded letter of complaint. And he doesn’t speak French.
Jen, on the other hand is a French national. Much more independent and free than Paul has ever been, bravely living and working in (and understanding) Yorkshire for nearly ten years. Jen has the unique struggle of moving back to her home country. Easy, right? WRONG! Jen is also an accomplished Manga artist, so we thought we’d combine this into the blog too.
Throw into the mix a toddler and a Chihuahua, and there you have it, the makings of a sitcom right there. Then all we needed was a name, which came relatively easily when a close friend heard we were moving, their first response was “well, it’ll be all snails and frogs legs for tea**”.
So please, join us. Laugh with us. Cry with us (Paul mostly) as we settle in France. Maybe if you are planning on moving to, or back to France, we can help you avoid some of the mistakes we have made. Perhaps we can even give you some life hacks to make the move and life in general easier. Maybe we can give you a list of the top 100 cheeses to eat (we’re working on it, trust us). For what ever reason you found us, we hope you enjoy reading our experiences.
And if you do make it to France, and are ever in Montpellier, give us a shout, and we’d be happy to meet you in one of the many British pubs in the city for a pint or two***.
Paul and Jen
*Yorkshire for infusing or brewing.
**Yorkshire for dinner.
***Yorkshire for excessive drinking session.