Known as Périgord Pourpre (purple Périgord) and famous for its rolling hills, fields of sunflowers peppered with tiny hamlets, vineyards and grand chateaus you can see what draws people to holiday and retire here.

And it’s in one of these hamlets that we have the opportunity to house sit. La Forestine is surrounded by trees full of miseltoe and with only one neighbour close by the hamlet of Rouzade is very quiet, well until the donkey starts!!

La Florestine

We are here to look after 2 dogs, Harley and Blue, and 3 cats. Harley and Blue are Blue Merle Border collies with ancient roots and clever herding skills they are one of the rarest border collie coat colours. We don’t actually get a photo of the cats because they each have a different routine.

Harley and Blue

Each day we drive Harley and Blue to the neighbouring village of Lembras for a walk along the river, these dogs are incredibly intelligent, full of energy and love to retrieve sticks from the river.

Waiting for us to throw them sticks

Bergerac is a town we have visited before and nestled along the banks of the River Dordogne it’s just a 10 min drive from where we are staying. 

The 15th-century medieval town entices you in with its labyrinth of ever-so-charming streets and little squares, half-timbered houses, moving out of the town the surrounding areas are busy and diverse.

The square in Bergerac old town
Bergerac old town
Cyrano de Bergerac the bold and innovative author

Split by the main road Lembras has a handful of shops and bars but it’s an ideal place to walk the dogs and there is a great little aire for motorhomes. 

The Old bridge that used to link Lembras with Creysee
now a heritage
Lembras guess the foot prints
We pass Bannes Chateau which is now a private home
Eymet Chateau

A classic bastide town, it’s well known as a real favourite for ex-pats. Featured in a host of TV programmes, but most notably in Little England, Eymet has had a mixed reaction from many people, which is a shame because it is a lovely spot that has a lively market every Thursday morning, and when we visit today its Asparagus season and theres an abundance on the veg stalls.

Eymet

House sitting for us is the opportunity to have a temporary home whilst travelling, we get to meet people from all walks of life and get to look after their beloved animals and on the whole we have been lucky. 

Market day in Eymet
Its raining so we stop for a cup of tea in the English coffee shop

We have a lovely view from the veranda when the weather is nice 


We have always assumed it was our job to clean and tidy the house we aren’t staying in a hotel – it’s somebody’s home. If we are leaving the same day the owners return we remove the bed linen ready for laundering. We aim to leave the house as clean, if not cleaner than when we arrived!

Not sure which was more of a challenge trying to tract down ingredients or making the Hot cross

So we have enjoyed revisiting this area it’s been an ideal base to do some shopping, enter the Bake-off challenge back home and explore some of the picturesque countryside and villages in this area of the Dordogne.

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