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May I share a thought on here?

Once upon a time this forum was quite lively. Discussions on all sorts of subjects as well as people looking for advice.

Over the past couple of years our lives have changed. For some of us it has meant dealing with the double whammy of Covid and Brexit.How have you managed to cope with all the changes. What lessons have you learnt. Any interesting experiences you would care to share?

I have only recently been vaccinated. No, I'm not an anti-vaccinist. I just anwered yes to one of the questions in the pre-jab examination and that was it. "On yer bike sunshine". But with a bit of perseverance, and the help of a friendly GP, I eventually got it sorted. So now I am the proud owner of a valid Pass Sanitaire!

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I was rather reluctant to have a jab because of various allergies. But after having a long discussion with my GP, we decided the J&J one would be best. So no allergic reaction, but I now also have that magic piece of paper.

Fortunately, apart from the drop in value of our UK pension, brexit has not had any effect on our lives.
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I turned 70 last October. At the beginning of 2020, my wife and I had a whole series of holidays and events planned. One by one, they fell away, although we were able to spend my actual birthday with my daughters and their families and with my stepson. Also, we were able to have a couple of “staycations” in Cornwall.

We have 4 grandchildren; the youngest was born on 11 April last year. We were in a childcare bubble with him, his elder brother and parents. We have felt privileged to spend so much of his first 18 months so involved in his care. My eldest grandson, lives with his younger brother and parents about 200 miles away. He began secondary school in September but during lock-down we regularly helped with schoolwork over Zoom. My stepson bought a house a year ago, a true “doer-upper”. We have helped throughout and he is now living happily in his first home.

So, all in all, 2020 and the first half of this year were not as we had planned but have nevertheless been extremely satisfying. We have been fortunate in maintaining good health and our various holidays and events are now resuming thanks to our Covid vaccinations. Our second home in Port Vendres did not suffer while we were unable to get there and Brexit has not been a particular problem.
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It has been a strange year.

I took early retirement during the summer of 2020 and managed to spend a month out our house in Amelie les Bains, before COVID travel restrictions started to bite again. It resulted in endless DIY, Gardening and cancelled holidays.

I ended up so bored I have gone back to work full time - bills and the cost of living have been rising, so the extra income is welcome. Do I enjoy it ? No!

I had sleepless nights about the house in France and what we would find when we finally visited in September this year. In fact it was fine - yes the garden was a little overgrown and the swimming pool was green, but it didn't take long to sort out.

Brexit has affected life in the UK more than in France. But saying that the chances of retirement to France have now gone Decisions will need to be made on what our retirement plans will (and can be).

Fell out of love of with Amelie les Bains - the last two visits have opened our eyes to how run down it has become. The new Mayoress will have her work cut out to improve the village.
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I was mildly surprised when I saw that this topic was active again. Well done Lescr31!

It's saddening to hear that you are falling out of love with Amelie. I can't comment further as I don't know the area that well. I suspect that the coastal communes are better maintained because of the tax revenues generated by the tourists. Plus the need to remain attractive in an area of considerable competition for visitors. But they are a hive of activity in the summer which is not everybody's cup of tea.

If it's any consolation most of the anglophones that I have met in recent times have moved house at least once. Getting it right first time is not easy.

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I am also sorry you are falling out of love with Amelie. There has certainly been an improvement in Port Vendres, where we have our second home, coinciding with the term of office of the new Mayor. The streets are cleaner. There have been a number of civic improvements including to the long neglected area between the Dome and the harbour. More are planned and private money has been spent on the restaurants and shops. The place is really attractive and vibrant. Although we have always liked it, in the past PV has been a little rough around the edges but much less so now. Hopefully, you will see similar improvements to Amelie.
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