My name is Graham Welch and I am a Francophile. This blog is a celebration of all things French – from France’s cuisine to its culture, from its people to its places. I started it in 2014 and posted every day of the year – hence the name. Since then I have taken a more relaxed approach to updating it.
I called it A year in Périgord partly as a play on words on Peter Mayle’s autobiographical tale of life in France. That I planned to spend both my summer holiday and Christmas in Périgord in the blog’s first year made the title apt too.
I could have named it any of the other French things I enjoy… Paris, profiteroles or Pommery, for example.
The blog came about because my passion for France has been reignited in recent years.
I’m no stranger to the country: I studied at university in Rennes and I’ve worked in Paris. I speak decent French, though it could always be better.
My plan is to move to France, but not yet. My partner and I are getting our finances in order and preparing for a new life in France. In the meantime, we’ll continue living in England and make frequent trips across the Channel.
My other intention with this blog was to get writing. Well, I write and edit as part of what I do for a living (over the years my work has been published by a number of national, local and trade newspapers and magazines) but this is different. This is about writing in my spare time, about things I love.
That I picked up a couple of awards in 2014 for this blog was particularly satisfying. It suggests people enjoy what I write.
Now I am working with a French journalist on a non-fiction book – more about that another time. I also plan to have a bash at writing a novel set in France. I gained a wine qualification in 2016 too and have plans to get another in 2017, so there will be plenty to cover in my posts.
I hope you stick with me as I make progress with these projects.