There is no playground in the village but children can safely play outside their homes (our two boys regularly play on the doorstep.) There is a covered 'hall' at the end of our road that children use to play in. It's great for riding bikes and scooters in as the floor is smoother than the roads. The nearest playground is down at the village lake where there are swings, a roundabout, slide and seesaw.
|outdoor 'hall' where children play|
|playground at Parisot lake|
As we're in rural France most people get around by car. We didn't have a car when we lived in London so we had to buy one when we came out here, and husband Andrew had to learn to drive! The other main mode of transport around here seems to be tractors. There's a lot of farm land around us and it's not unusual to see tractors on the roads (holding up traffic as they drive sooooo slowly) and even outside our house.
|tractor outside our window|
Our village is made up of traditional stone houses, though more modern looking houses are being built just outside the village. Our house was built in 1851. Most of the houses have small gardens attached, our garden however is separate from the house, though it only takes a minute to walk there. Many villagers grow their own fruit and vegetables which we are planning to do next year.
Here is one of the main streets in the village. This street has the village bakery, shop, school, hairdresser, bank and mayor's office along it.
Parisot has a primary school that caters for children in the village and surrounding villages. Our eldest boy Reuben started full time here in September this year and is slowly starting to pick up the French language. Children in our village go to school four and a half days a week as Wednesday is a half day. They have two breaks in the morning and afternoon, and the children can go home for lunch should they wish to.
|the village school|
Many people favour market shopping in our area as the food is fresh and local. Our village market is held every Friday morning and usually has at least vegetable stall, a fruit stall, a fish and a meat van. Bread is baked fresh daily in our village bakery and there is also a small shop selling most other things needed. We tend to do a market shop and a big weekly supermarket shop in a nearby town, though I may challenge myself one day to see if I can get everything locally.
This is the village lake where once upon a time you used to be able to swim. Rules and safety regulations have been in place for a while now that mean people no longer do, but it's a nice place to walk and take the kids to play. There is a café open from Spring to Autumn and there is a campsite where people can stay. Every year it hosts Festi'Lac, our village fête, where fireworks are set off over the lake.
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