It was a happy accident that brought us to France. Our holidays here had shown us what a beautiful, historic and relaxed place it was. We bought a 'residence secondaire' in the department of the Lot. The house needed a lot of work and the hectare of land needed more maintenance than could be given in the short time we would be here. Had we made a mistake? No. We decided to take our retirement here and moved here in 1992 and have never regretted moving from Tetsworth, a small village in Oxfordshire. Lalbenque is our home now and I found how good, kind and caring our French friends and neighbours were when my wife, Pat, died last year. I love the place, the culture and the people.