The Call of the Vines

Hi. It's so nice to have you stop by to look at my first blog post on my shiny new website. I'm so excited to have you here and I hope you like what you see. I thought I would use my first post as a little introduction of myself and my journey to Dartmoor.

Three years ago we were living the high-life (or so we thought!) in Hong Kong. We had a lovely home there and had gorgeous scenery and walks on our doorstep. We spent wonderful, memorable holidays traveling around South East Asia - I just love it there! But something was missing, we longed to grow our own vegetables, let our son run around in the fresh air, watch the seasons go by and generally live a more organic, low impact lifestyle.

And then came the moment my husband had his mid-life crisis (or that's what I like to call it to wind him up!). Almost overnight we packed up our home and headed for Southern France in search of vines and the prospects of a career in the wine-making industry. Him, not me! But I tagged along. Living in France had its joys and its complications, and we made the most of this opportunity to eat lots, drink lots of wine and explore the beautiful region of Provence while my husband embarked on a two year wine-making diploma with the vineyard Domaine de la Citadelle. In the meantime, I kept myself busy with my son, and then even more busy with a baby, all the while exploring and improving my photography.

I've included a few photos of my boys at the vineyard where they were helping to kick off the harvest a couple of years ago. These were eating grapes – so delicious! My eldest loves it in the vines, which is just as well seeing as he's likely to see a lot more of them...

If you'd like to find out how we came to Chagford from Provence, have a quick look at my next post...