Sunrises & House Sale Pics From SW France
I’ve got a rare day of rest before the storm of Christmas events here in the UK, so I figured I would take this opportunity to check in and bring y’all up to date on what I’ve been up to.
I started my European excursion ~10 days ago with an epic 3-stop, 28-hour travel-plan from sunny San Diego to Toulouse, France. As usual the traveling bit was not nearly as interesting as the arriving bit. Over half of my hours were spent strapped into a sardine-size seat and consuming barely edible food, with the delightful addition of a passenger that projectile-vomited from his seat into the aisle (literally right next to me) only 2 hours into our 10 hour cross-Atlantic flight. All I can say is that anyone who thinks flying is glamorous is either stuck in a 50’s daydream or rich enough to afford First Class. Personally I’m not either and can’t wait for teleporters to become reality…”Beam me home, Scotty”.
Thankfully I arrived intact, mostly conscious and ready to attack 3 days of solid work.
You see since my mother’s passing earlier this year my dad has been working diligently towards the next-stage plan of his life. Part of that change involves selling his gorgeous, but far-too-large-for-one-person house in the Southwest of France (by the town of Canens = HERE), downsizing and moving northwards closer to my sister in the UK.
My job in all this (or rather the job I took upon myself) was to professionally photograph the house so that he’s got the best possible chance of success. Having never done such an endeavor I rented a special wide-angle lens in the UK, stopped to pick it up on the way over and planned 3 full days of 8-hour photography in France, hopefully leaving myself enough time to both get the right light and get it right.
So, bright and early the morning after my arrival, PRE-sunrise I might add, I dragged my butt out of bed and got to work. Over the next 3 days I got up for 3 sunrises (!!), took around 2,000 interior & exterior shots and achieved, I think, some quite decent results. I’ve still got to finish sorting, putting together panoramas and (hopefully) creating a website, but I wanted to give y’all a peek.
For the curious the main house is 415 sq.m and has 3 full bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, 2 offices, walk-in larder, laundry room, formal dining room, main kitchen and guest kitchen. Outside there is an additional 180 sq.m of external buildings including a large outhouse & garage, green-house & sun-room plus 3 ha of land with a lovely vegetable garden and established orchard (apple, plum and cherry trees).
And of course the kicker, the thing that sets this house apart from all others in the area -> totally open 360-degree views of rolling hills and the stunning Pyrenees Mountains. It’s a view that you simply never tire of!
If any of you blog readers are dreaming of French country living OR you happen to know any foreign real-estate agents that specialize in SW France please contact me!
My goal is to help my dad get this done and move this coming year, giving him a fresh foundation for this most important next phase of his life.
With house photography out of the way, my dad and I left the fine winter weather of SW France and jetted our way to the big town of Bristol, UK. My sister and fiancee live here, so we’re spending the rest of the holidays under British skies (i.e. mostly rain), but amongst the brightness of family and warm hearts. We’ll be having a joint Brit-Dane Christmas including traditional rice pudding for dinner tonight (gotta keep those nisser happy), a fine English roast on Christmas Day and a full 10-course Danish lunch (with snaps, naturally) on Boxing Day. In between we’re squeezing in several interesting outings around town and…of course…beer. But, that’s a topic for another blog post.
That’s about the lot for now. I leave you with a deep parting thought and the best of Christmas wishes from this side of the pond. I hope you all have a wonderful week!
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