Articles for this day of 10/04/2017

At Home in the Pays d’Oc by Patricia Feinberg Stoner

 

 

 

 

 

 

People change, and Patricia’s husband Patrick, otherwise known as Himself, proves this by holidaying, and then buying a maison secondaire in the Languedoc region of France, after stating emphatically just after they met that he doesn’t like France.

This is a beautiful area with something new to admire around every corner, fantastic villages, breath-taking views, wonderful architecture, and gastronomy, whatever you like, it is here. However for confirmed urbanites Patricia and Himself, visiting this amazing region, enjoying the social life, and owning and renovating their second home in Morbignan la Crèbe was fine, as long as they can return to their London flat.

As we join Patricia and Himself on their French adventure, the real life dramas of being an expat in France open up to us, including ‘friends’ both English and French, the French system and the little idiosyncrasies which make living in this wonderful country such a challenge – sometimes. Of course we also share with them the wonderful events and meals they join in as part of the Morbignan community, and the friendliness of their French neighbours, well most of them…

Sometimes though we can find our lives changing just like that, other changes come more subtly, such as the ones which took place after a little stray brown and white dog, who came to be called Purdey came into their lives. Dog lovers will understand how important the needs and happiness of our canine companions can be, and so they found themselves spending more and more time in France.

The author Patricia, in this captivating book takes the reader on a voyage of discovery, a celebration of the years her and her husband spent enjoying their French home, both for holidays and all the time. Living a life others only dream of is wonderful but are they still living there? You will have to read this enthralling story to discover the answer…

About the Author:

Patricia Feinberg Stoner joined the Liverpool Daily Post as a graduate trainee in 1969. Quickly discovering she was a terrible reporter, she switched to feature writing and since then her career has revolved around the written word, as a journalist, advertising copywriter and publicist.

For many years she was international press officer for Granada Television, leaving to set up her own publicity business, The Good Word.

Now retired, she devotes her time to writing short stories and poetry (mainly humorous verse) which have been published in various print and online anthologies. She is the leader of the creative writing group Arun Scribes.

Patricia lives in West Sussex with her husband Patrick, who is currently writing the science fiction series ‘The Jabberwock Continuum’, and a lunatic Brittany spaniel who loves cats. She is also a volunteer with WADARS, a local animal rescue charity, and donates the profits from ‘Paw Prints in the Butter’ to their cause. She welcomes visitors to her Facebook page Paw Prints in the Butter and to her blog: http://www.paw-prints-in-the-butter.com

About the Book: This is the story of how a small brown and white spaniel turned the lives of two English holidaymakers upside down. Patricia and her husband Patrick are spending the summer in their holiday home in the Languedoc village of Morbignan la Crèbe. One hot Friday afternoon Patrick walks in with the little dog, thinking she is a stray. They have no intention of keeping her. ‘Just for tonight,’ says Patrick. ‘We will take her to the animal shelter tomorrow.’ It never happens. They spend the weekend getting to know and love the little creature, who looks at them appealingly with big brown eyes, and wags her absurd stump of a tail every time they speak to her. On the Monday her owner turns up, alerted by the Mairie. They could have handed her over. Instead Patricia finds herself saying: ‘We like your dog, Monsieur. May we keep her?’ It is the start of what will be four years as Morbignanglais, as they settle into life as permanent residents of the village. “At Home in the Pays d’Oc” is about their lives in Morbignan, the neighbours who soon become friends, the parties and the vendanges and the battles with French bureaucracy. It is the story of some of their bizarre and sometimes hilarious encounters: the Velcro bird, the builder in carpet slippers, the neighbour who cuts the phone wires, the clock that clacks, the elusive carpenter who really did have to go to a funeral.

 

At home in the Pays d’Oc is available from Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.co.uk/Home-Pays-dOc-accidental-expatriates/dp/0995746206/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1491749051&sr=1-1

and Kindle format https://www.amazon.co.uk/Home-Pays-dOc-accidental-expatriates-ebook/dp/B06XQLJDWN/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1491749051&sr=1-1