John bought a rather run-down cottage in Central Brittany in 1993 with his partner Tony and they have been developing the house and garden ever since! In 2014 they sold up in the UK to live permanently in France where they are well integrated and accepted in their local community.

John previously worked as an IT Manager in the UK, primarily developing information systems for Royal Mail International and the NHS. He was also on the Board of Directors of Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

John now acts as the unskilled labourer in the garden with particular responsibility for grass-cutting. He enjoys good food and wine, photography and walking his dog in the beautiful Breton countryside.