So, we are looking to rent a property in France.

So, we are looking to rent a property in France.

Where in France, and what type of property, you ask? Well let me tell you…

We are looking for a country house, with lots of space and privacy, in the central west region of – Poitou Charetens. The climate there is pretty much perfect with top temperatures of 28 degrees centigrade in the summer, and lows of 5 degrees centigrade in the winter …

Renting for a while allows us time to have a good look around and see if we do want to live there. If we do decide we want to move to France permanently, and we are pretty sure we do, then we will have had the time to explore and find the perfect property to buy.

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Rose View House, on the Costa del Sol, Now up for sale

Rose View House, on the Costa del Sol, Now up for sale

Well that’s it ! We have officially moved from our beloved home in southern Spain. After 27 years on the Spanish sun soaked Costa del Sol – we require a more temperate climate! So north we head. And, with the very best of intentions, and more than a tear or two, we have placed our lovely home up for sale.

This is the home we have lived, and loved in for the past 18 years. We now leave her to the next chapter. To new people, who will most assuredly relish in the comfort, and beauty of this home, and her garden. A home perfectly positioned – Under the Spanish Sun ….

So, without further ado, here is a detailed description of Rose View House :

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How about an apartment in the city of Edinburgh?

How about an apartment in the city of Edinburgh?

Every time I visit a great city, I end up thinking how cool it would be to own a flat there. Edinburgh for instance. These big stone buildings with the spacious rooms. Those with abundant Fireplaces  … Wonderfully atmospheric … And all pretty much sound proofed too in their grandeur.

I think a fourth floor apartment. Edinburgh doesn’t rise much higher than that anyway. But high enough so as not to have too much of the street noise … I love open windows …

I recently awoke in Edinburgh to the subtle noise of the city streets which I found strangely comforting.

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Crespi Hicks Estate Property Perfection

Crespi Hicks Estate Property Perfection

Are you acquainted with the Crespi-Hicks Estate … if not then follow me for a private tour.

I first found this property online. I kept coming across photos of this magnificent home when searching for things like “Beautiful Estate Gardens.” The photos I would save were of serene garden greens against graceful limestone walls of white, and grounds of impeccable design. These where the photos that always caught my attention. I didn’t even know that the photos I had collected were of the same property, until quite recently when I looked through my “Dream Property” folder of images collectively  …

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8 Top Tips for working from your own Home Office

8 Top Tips for working from your own Home Office

The case for the working from home has never been stronger. As the digital world envelops evey sector of our industries. It is becoming easier, and easier for us to earn our living without leaving our home environment.

Personally, I have worked from my office at home for over a decade now and I Love It ! I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have my business at my finger tips, my pets by my side, and my home in sparkling order !

We are lucky enough to run our own business, Web and App development, specialising in Search Engine Optimisation. So our work is entirely online. And that’s just fine by me !

If you are considering creating an office space, or work environment in your home, here are my top tips for perfect productivity :

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The Movie House I fell in Love with ..

The Movie House I fell in Love with ..

So there was this movie. Brilliant movie – Practical Magic – In this movie there was a house. An oh so Beautiful house. A three-story, white Victorian wooden lighthouse. Framed in a white picket fence, an exquisite and carefully tended herb garden, and most wonderfully – a wraparound porch. This is a house where they have chocolate cake for breakfast, and a room full of potions, and spells. Spells cast from fauna grown in their very their own garden. A Perfect home for a good white witch … come on in and see …

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The case for a Home Gym

The case for a Home Gym

Years ago we turned our spare bedroom into a home Gym … And we Love it !

In there, patiently awaiting our daily presence sits, a Spinning Bike, a big manly multi gym, and 2 yoga mats !

Admittedly we have only started using in regularly in the past couple of years. But I have to tell you, personally I find it so much better than going to a fitness centre of any sort … (although I think I like the sound of soul cycle, I stress the words – I think !)

So what do we actually do ?

Well. we get up between 6 -7am. Have coffee etc, check emails (our office is at home too.) Then go out and do a 20 min fast walk or march out around our local park. When we get back its straight into the gym and do 20 mins of yoga, and then the all-important meditation. In the afternoon around 5:30 we are back in the gym. I do 20 mins of Spinning & my man does 20 mins on his big manly multi gym !

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A Beautiful Property

A Beautiful Property

Who doesn’t like looking at beautiful property …

I certainly LOVE to see the interior design and architecture of a beautiful home.

My perfect home would be sitting comfortably inside a sizable garden. Because first and foremost, I don’t want to see or hear a neighbor! I love privacy … quiet, still, serene properties.

So how about a lovely big garden, with a vegetable patch, herb garden. Maybe a small pond, and working station, under the shade of a wisteria perchance???

The exterior architecture would be clad in stone, with a balcony or two. Roses climbing up the walls, sharing their scent through any open door or window.

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