Your hosts at 'Notre Maison” are Anne and Peter.
Your hosts at 'Notre Maison' are Anne and Peter. Anne is French and Peter is Australian. They note: "Although both French and English are spoken fluently in our house, only French is spoken when we have a French learner as a guest." Anne and Peter have lived and worked in many parts of the world before choosing the area of Montpellier to start a new life.
Host and cook:
Peter is a telecom engineer who has worked as project manager and consultant in Australia and other countries, mainly Laos. He has travelled extensively, raised a large family and is now semi-retired, but remains involved in many activities such as hosting and cooking for guests in “Notre Maison”. He has now had ample practice producing excellent French cooking adapted to the tastes of his guests, and even caring for any food intolerances.
Very versatile, Peter can change his cook’s toque for a driver’s cap to pick up guests on arrival or to take them on afternoon excursions, with Anne as the French guide.
Host and teacher
Anne qualified in England to teach French as a foreign language (Christ Church, Canterbury, University of London). She taught there for several years. She has also been a qualified English teacher in France. Now, she teaches French to foreigners in her own country!
For the second part of her career, she was a College Principal in the French Education system, some years in France and many more years abroad in exciting countries like Tahiti, Morocco and the Middle East (before the wars). She has always kept up teaching languages as an enjoyable activity. She also enjoys writing, specially travel-writing and has had her first book – an ethnographic novel - published some years ago.
Returning to live for a few years in her childhood village of Villers-Bretonneux (Somme) where is situated the Australian Memorial, she became involved from 2006 to 2009. with the souvenir of WWI; she was in charge for a while of the Australian war museum in the “Ecole Victoria” as President of the Franco-Australian association. She also ran an informal B&B mainly for visitors from Australia, New-Zealand and England.
Peter & Anne Brassart-Evans
10 cami du Cigalou