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Columnists > Jess Faraday

Jess Faraday

Lists For Immigrant Californians Relocating To Scotland

Posted by: JessFaraday on Tuesday October 10, 2017 (08:33:30)   (682 Reads)

Jess Faraday

List of things I brought and didn’t need

1) Sandals I lived in my sandals in California. In the winter, I wore them with socks. We do not wear sandals here in Scotland. Well, some people do in the summer, but their feet probably haven’t thawed from the winter, so they don’t feel the cold. I brought three pairs of sandals with me, and I doubt I’ll ever wear them again. That makes me sad.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Autumn In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Friday September 29, 2017 (14:13:38)   (350 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

29 September here, and as I write we are enjoying an Indian summer. There is a great deal going on – wine festivals, antique fairs, exhibitions and much more. Find out more here.

I, however, am typing this surrounded by cardboard boxes. On Monday 2 October work will begin on ripping out our old kitchen and installing a new one.    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Wine Tastings, Drought, And The Italian Exodus

Posted by: junefinnigan on Saturday September 16, 2017 (08:47:00)   (737 Reads)

June Finnigan

Benvenuti and Welcome to all my Lovely Followers,

If you are new to this column I should tell you that each month I reflect back on the previous one, which in this case is August 2017. My aim is to bring you lots of fun things, and not too many serious ones.    more ...


Columnists > Jess Faraday

Jess Faraday

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bin

Posted by: JessFaraday on Thursday September 14, 2017 (10:06:08)   (653 Reads)

Jess Faraday

Scotland is a small country with big plans. It has no time for daydreamers or dilettantes.

If you want to do something here, you do it for real, and you do it right. Which is why Scotland is on track to achieve an extremely ambitious environmental goal: becoming a zero-waste country by 2025.

But to do that, everyone has to pull together in ways that are not always convenient and not always fun.    more ...


Columnists > Maureen Moss

Maureen Moss

A Stroll Around My Home Town: La Mata

Posted by: maureenmoss on Monday September 11, 2017 (13:27:55)   (1630 Reads)

Maureen Moss

Call me sentimental, but I fancy my heart skipped a beat when I first saw the words ‘La Mata’ in the property columns of the local press. I was visiting my daughter here and asked her where this ‘marsh’ was. Soon we were parking the car on one of the many streets leading to the beach and within minutes, I had fallen in love.    more ...


Columnists > Vanessa Anderson

Vanessa Anderson

Where Do I Put My Stuff When House Sitters Arrive?

Posted by: VanessaAnderson on Sunday September 03, 2017 (21:25:59)   (8408 Reads)

Vanessa Anderson

Have you ever wondered what you do with your stuff when you use house sitters?

Using house sitters really is the perfect way to leave your home, pets and possessions in the hands of someone reliable, while you travel on a vacation, or go back home to see family and friends.

For many, the prospect of the pets being loved and cared for without any upheaval is enough reassurance to set-off on holiday, care free and sure that all at home will be tickety-boo!    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Vive La Rentrée – September In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Thursday August 31, 2017 (15:44:49)   (224 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

My online Harraps devotes an explanatory paragraph to La Rentrée.

"The time of year when children go back to school – in September – has considerable cultural significance in France. Coming after the long summer break or grandes vacances, it is the time when academic, political, social and commercial activity begins again in earnest."

They can say that again. We are commissioning a new kitchen, but we had to wait for the suppliers to come back from their hols before placing our order.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

3 Places To Live Like A Local Overseas In Retirement

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Monday August 28, 2017 (16:38:58)   (777 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

Many people who move or retire overseas enjoy the familiarity of like-minded company and seek out destinations with expats already in residence. Other retirees want to live among the local community, become a part of the local culture and are happy if they rarely see another American or Canadian expat.

Living a local lifestyle in a foreign community has advantages, including a lower cost of living and of real estate. Without the market influence that expat communities often bring, prices remain at the local level.

In addition, the cultural experience can be richer and more authentic, and it’s easier to learn the local language when you’re using it to get by every day. You may not be able to find an English language expat newspaper, but living as part of the local community can help you to appreciate the best things about being overseas.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

2 Simple Steps To Afford An Overseas Retirement On A Budget

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Saturday August 19, 2017 (02:37:02)   (4364 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

How much money do you need to move to a new country?

That’s not the question to ask.

The question to ask is this: How much money do you have to live on?

In these dispatches, I introduce you to places where you could live comfortably on as little as $1,200 or $1,500 a month, maybe less. That’s not a big nut… about equal to the average monthly Social Security check.

But maybe a monthly Social Security check is a far distant possibility for you. If you have no other income to count on, is it unrealistic to think about relaunching your life somewhere sunny, warm, welcoming, and adventure-filled?    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

A Hunky Astronaut And The Fiat 500 In Beautiful Chianti

Posted by: junefinnigan on Saturday August 12, 2017 (14:33:37)   (378 Reads)

June Finnigan

Benvenuti and welcome to all my lovely followers,

If you are new to this column I should tell you that each month I reflect back on the previous one, which in this case is July 2017. My aim is to bring you lots of fun things, and not too many serious ones.    more ...