People are funny. Reactions on hearing that we have a house in France pretty much fall into 2 categories:
1. Wow, how romantic – lucky you!
This is from those who share our adventurous spirit and love of France, even if they can’t imagine ever doing such a thing themselves
2. Why would you want to do that?
These people just don’t get it and maybe even feel threatened by something that challenges the safe boundaries of their conventional lives.
There is a common thread of unspoken assumptions from both extremes:
that any house in France must be a chateau set amongst vineyards
(based on Assumption 1) that we must be wealthy
that we also own a house in Australia
that we live a jetset lifestyle
The fact of the matter is that our little “renovator’s delight” townhouse does not have a garden at all (nothing like the gorgeous chateau pictured above!) and it’s the only house we own – being far cheaper than anything we could buy in Australia – well anything we would want to buy anyway.
Of course we would love to own a place in Australia as well, but have so far relied on the hospitality of family and housesitting opportunities when in Australia – although now that our renovations are progressing we are ready to explore house swapping opportunities.
As far as our lifestyle goes we work hard when in Australia to earn the money to fund our flights, simple lifestyle, DIY renovations, and whatever is left over goes on a bit of extra travel.
Jetsetters? Hardly… but we love our life!