Three Squirrels has Returned

WARNING! This blog is strictly off the top of my head with minimal research. Do not under any circumstances take what’s written as authoritative, and especially don’t rely on me for legal advice.

On Saturday October 16, 2021 we arrived in France. A year later we’re arrive ata new home in Liverpool Nova Scotia. If all goes according to plan we’ll be back to Vancouver BC this summer for a couple of years.

All of this made me decide that the Échapper de North Vancouver name was no longer relevant. I’ve decided to revive a Kentucky era blog title: Three Squirrels in a Pressure Cooker.

Our contact info:

CANADA: (Until this summer)
34 Lighthouse Rd
Liverpool NS
B0T 1K0

FRANCE: (33) 07 63 34 12 31
CANADA: (902) 600-9750

For a year or two, and certainly since the election of Donald Trump, we've been considering our options for the next phase of our lives. We're at what is nominally considered retirement age, and have pretty much concluded that North Vancouver is not where we want to be. Or North America for that matter.

After a lot of searching we seem to have decided on Normandy, but for various reason we ultimately decided to buy a house in Liverpool NS.

This decision reflects a lot of thought and research. It began with a very short trip to Britain, and London in particular, which convinced me that there was much more to life than what was on offer in Canada.

We considered Montreal, and towns on Vancouver Island, and even narrowboats in England. Then barges when we realized that a home that was only six feet wide wasn't really enough. Then small towns in England and Wales, then Shetland, then Provence, then finally Normandy.

Aside from the obvious appeal of French culture, and the social supports offered by a country that is still highly unionized, the single biggest factor is property prices. Even a mediocre townhouse in North Vancouver can run you a million dollars, while a €167,000 will buy you this in Normandy.

Normandy - Manche Center - 1 hour from the ferry boat - 5 kms from the local amenities and 15 mins from the nearest town Coutances or Saint Lo - 25 kms from the sea

Stone 5-bedroom house with the possibility to convert the contiguous part. - on the ground floor: kitchen with fireplace, sitting-room, shower-room, bedroom, toilets. - on the second floor: 2 bedrooms, large bathroom, toilets. Attics. Outbuildings, yard, garden.

Our schedule has yet to be finalized, but we are beginning to do the research and make the plans for our move.

A note on translation : anything en Francais is the result of DeepL + French classes thirty years ago. Wish me luck.Why subscribe?

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Barry’s writing is focused on how people live, and how the environment around them influences their choices. Special focus on France, Nova Scotia, development, and municipal govt.