About me

Graham Welch, A year in Perigord 1My 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.Liebster blog award

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.Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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 partner and I were getting our finances in order and preparing to make the move to Périgord. However, Brexit has brought forward our plans to move to France by about 5 years. We figure that if we go now, it will still be relatively easy.

He has landed a job in Lille – about as far from Périgord as it is possible to be – and is living there full time. I’m commuting back to London 3 days a week while I look for work too.

While I do that, I am continuing to write this blog. 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 have just finished studying for a French wine qualification too, so there will be plenty to cover in my posts.

I hope you stick with me as I make progress with these projects.

48 thoughts on “About me

  1. What a great project Graham! Thank you for following my blog and I look forward to reading about your endeavors.


  2. Wishes that 2014 is everything you hope it will be
    We are working on it!
    Bonne chance

    G & T

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  3. Congratulations on starting your blog and thank you for following elizabethsvines.


  4. Lovely blog…looks like we have similar stories. I am also an editor and more dryly, a technical writer. This challenge of writing daily has been more difficult than I thought —as you’ll notice, I’ve missed a few days, but trying to give myself a break and double up a few days when I need to. I look forward to following your year. Best, Nancy


  5. Sounds like a fun challenge. Bon courage!


  6. Jane Patterson on said:

    How wonderful, Graham! I shall look forward to my daily dose of all things French. Good luck with it all. Much love, Jane x


  7. A post a day is a tough challenge – one I certainly wouldn’t be able to sustain. Good luck with it!


  8. I’d love to spend a year in Perigord. Last year for a significant birthday my nearest and dearest banded together to buy me a truffle tree in a truffiere at Le Gers. The grand plan is to embark on Le Grand Tour and visit it one day. Meanwhile I’ll live vicariously through your wonderful posts..


  9. I’d much rather spend a year in Périgord than a year in Provence. I look forward to following along.


  10. Good Luck with your year’s blogging, Graham. I bet you carry on after the year is up! And thanks for reading Bristol Wine Blog – at least some of my blogs will be about French wine.


  11. Graham, great bloc (http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/002225.html) you certainly have a skill in expressing yourself and looking at the world from a cultural point, sounds like you need to work for a French Company like Veolia 🙂 keep up the great read!


  12. Bonjour Monsieur! Thanks for visiting and following mon petit blog “a to z” and for leading me here to yours. I know I’m going to love reading about all your French experience 🙂


  13. Hi Graham – Thanks for liking my post. Its a great encouragement for a new blogger like me.


  14. Ah, I do understand the passion for this Country, these people and so very much more. What would have broken my heart would have been to leave. It is nearly seven years since I arrived and I’ve been blogging about it for two and a half. As always, the more I experience here, the more I want to experience. Bon courage et bonne chance!

    Thank you for choosing to follow one of my blogs. I hope you continue to enjoy the posts.


  15. Bonne fête nationale!


  16. Bonjout Grahame,
    We are now following your blog and thank you for following ours. We hope that you come to love the region that you are living in as much as we adore our life here in the Loire Valley.


  17. Bendilyn Bach on said:

    Bonjour Graham, Thanks for your follow. J’apprecie. Your mention of Poitou-Charentes inspires me to point you to a post about special moments we spent there: http://lovingafrenchman.wordpress.com/2014/07/page/7/ Profitez-en! Bon courage et bonne continuation.


  18. Lucky man to be spending a year in the Perigord. Thanks for stopping by A Writer of History.


  19. Hi Graham, Like you we would like to spend at least part of the year in France in the future and we started building our dream. We bought a 200 year old house in the SW of France and we renovate it slowly. It takes time, money and a lot of patience, especially since we do not live there yet. Our dream, however, is becoming true.


  20. Hey! I love your blog! I’ve just nominated you for a Liebster Award — you can find out what it means and what the rules are here: http://themindfulexpat.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/the-mindful-expat-has-been-nominated-for-a-liebster-award/. (And I just realized that you seem to have more followers than WordPress had made it seem — the Liebster is supposed to be for blogs with fewer than 200 — but oh well! 🙂

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  21. Hi Graham. Thanks for following Now This Is What I Would Call Music. Enjoy the music! Steve…


  22. Lovely to find your blog (via Blog-sur-Aude). Another expat following the French lifestyle (and thoroughly enjoying it) here. I shall look forward to your future blog posts.

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  23. Hi Graham, thanks for following my writing during the year and for your comments and likes which have been much appreciated. All the best for your writing projects in 2016

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  24. Graham, nice blog! I’ve just subscribed. I thought you might enjoy the upcoming book my wife and I have written, called BEGINNING FRENCH, by les Américains (our nom de plume). It’s a memoir set in the Dordogne around Issigeac. We’d be happy to let you share any part of it with your readers. You can get a sneak peek at beginningfrench.com. Merci et bon courage!


  25. Bonjour, Thanks for taking an interest … I hope you will continue to read along after you find out that my musings wander about outside l’Hexagon quite a bit!


  26. I am very interested in your blog, will continue to follow you!

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  27. Thanks for coming by again. Much appreciated!!


  28. Congratulations on the well deserved blog awards Graham and it’s great that you found me, because I have now found you and can follow your adventures. It is so heart warming to see a fellow explorer following his passions as you are doing….may you have many more adventures and joyful moments along the way. I look forward to reading about them. x

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  29. Hi Graham, many thanks for the follow on my mushroom blog! 🙂


  30. Thanks for commenting on one of my posts and bringing me to your French-filled blog! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed browsing your articles (and reliving a few memories along the way) and look forward to reading more 🙂

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