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I’ve been living in the Mayenne for almost two years now and love it here. I spent a great deal of my childhood in the rural depths of Herefordshire and I feel as if I have traveled back in time. I’m currently the joint owner of a beautiful old farmhouse that has just been renovated by the most helpful and entertaining builders you could wish to meet.

We have very good French neighbours who have filled us in on some of the history of our house and feed us massive tartes which wring my soul with envy. Not my strongest point, cooking. Our cats are enjoying their new life as well. I don’t think they’ll ever lose their English accents but in a few years I may be proved wrong.

What has been the biggest bonus for me is being connected to nature in a way that has made me try new, and for me, interesting arty stuff from natural materials all around here. There are always surprising shapes and textures cropping up in all sorts of places. Even the stones in our walls turn into fascinating worlds of light and shadow that change the ambiance of the structure from minute to minute. As for the trees, it seems  the play of light and contrasting shadows are dancing just for you.

I love the fact that I can walk up the lane for a couple of minutes among a hundred shades of green, brown or blue that aren’t really shades of colour at all but just devastatingly wonderful colours that have no name. Then there’s the birds of prey, the hares, rabbits, insects, lizards, snakes ………. You really have a sensory feast without moving a muscle. Oh, I lied. You do move lots of muscles because you can’t get the big silly grin off your face. As a constant source of happiness I really recommend it.

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