I've been rummaging through a big box of old photos. I think this one (below) must have been taken not long after I bought our first farmhouse in France. I'm afraid they're a bit dog-eared.
(Left to Right) Me, my lovely dog Hamlet, my father-in-law, mini-Kimbo, my mother-in-law, and Lady M.
We are sitting on the steps up to the house, and no doubt my in-laws had come to see what a disastrous purchase I'd made.
Here is another one (below) showing the barns, etc, and the 'fledgling' vegetable patch, with me putting up a rickety structure to hold the ancient vines I'd just discovered amongst the brambles. I suppose, it must have been taken in Spring 1973. Our first Spring in France
It was all such fun. Everything was new, my French was very limited, yet we were really enjoying ourselves. It was quite a big property, with plenty of outbuildings and land. Just what I'd been looking for! What happy days they were, and lots of hard work.
And here is Cro (below) driving a horse and trap just outside the entrance to the house. The horse was Joe, and the dog d'Artagnon (Dart). It also looks as if the road had yet to be tarmacked. We did have a car as well.
I love rummaging through boxes of old photos!