Story telling from Australia
“She had a dream…and she made it happen.”
I met Jane Lambert in London twenty years ago, when she was in her mid sixties and I was in my early thirties. Jane had recently retired from teaching and she told me she was going to do two things in retirement – create a new life for herself in France and find a French lover.
I thought she was bonkers, a crazy, colourful optimist with her head in the clouds. Leaving aside her age (I thought she was too old for adventure, how stupid was I?) Jane was confined to a wheelchair. As if that wasn’t enough, she didn’t speak French, she had hardly any money and the house she wanted to buy looked like a derelict shack. Thankfully I kept my ill informed opinions to myself.
I was so intrigued by Jane and her ambitious dreams that I stayed in touch. And Jane has proved me wrong, on every count. Over the past twenty years in France Jane has slowly built the life she always dreamed of. She turned the derelict shack into a comfortable home, she planted a beautiful garden that flourishes without any chemical help and, of course, she met her French lover.
Jane has been an inspiration to me, and, I suspect, to everyone who meets her. I feel privileged to be able to share a small part of her adventure with you.
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