An unexpected detour during a six month stay in France links three generations of my family to a village in the Somme.
A version of this post first appeared on RMIT’s creativehiveblog in May 2017.
On Anzac Day 2015, I left Australian shores for six months travelling solo in France. Unlike my grandfather a century before, I wasn’t destined for the muddy fields of the Somme. My destination was another part of rural France altogether – Cinais in the Loire – the first of a series of housesits courtesy of a housesitting website called MindMyHouse.