We have made huge efforts to integrate into the local community since we arrived and my friend Natalie has been fab at introducing us to all manner of notable people in the village.
It does of course help when you have you have young children at school, but the village of Auvillar has a real community spirit about it, something you do not find much in the UK anymore, unless something major happens that affects everyone.
On Friday we went to the school concert and joined in the event by making a cake (with cherries, of course!) After the singing and presentation by the mayor to those children leaving the village school for the next level of schooling in Valence d'Agen, we all decamped into the garden at the salle de fetes (village hall). The spread of food donated by everyone was fantastic and we spent a convivial evening getting to know more locals and enjoying the balmy summer evening under the stars.
Last night I prepared a selection of English finger food for Natalie and her family to enjoy chez nous, sausage rolls, cheese straws, scones in both cheese and fruit, tuna dip etc.... while all the kids enjoyed swimming in the pool. The evening passed quickly and before I knew it, it was midnight.
Tonight, perhaps the same with some neighbours. Life is good!