It is with great sadness that we have learned that our former neighbour, Mme André, has passed away.
Nick chats to Mme André as she takes a break from her housework.
She was always kind and friendly, ever willing to stop for a chat as she pottered about the little courtyard. She would never fail to give us the weather forecast for London as seen on her TV, in exchange for little snippets of life back in the UK, always astonished by how bad the English weather was. She regularly left us little gifts on the doorstep, a basket of beans and lettuce or a bowl of tomatoes from her allotment.
Tino relaxes in the sunshine outside Mme André's cottage.
She was a wonderful person to have as a neighbour. If we bumped into her in the village after we moved away she was always keen to know how we were getting on and to pass on village news.
She went to live in a retirement home in the next village not long after we moved and it is with great fondness that we look back on happy memories of living next door to her.