Big decision when you have lived for 35 years in the same village and are totally embedded in the life of the community. Too many things on the go, meaning that I spent more time out at meetings than putting my feet up after a day in the office. Trying to run a company, do all of the voluntary things, and make a cottage in France habitable became too much. Four or six weeks working in France, followed by four to six weeks in England getting the garden back into shape. French social life is there, but not obvious. My English neighbour was on the town council until Brexit put an end to that. I have joined up with the committee that organizes the annual fete day, which was cancelled this year. Not too arduous until the day itself. Several groups meet, organized by Brits, but with a healthy number of locals. Mme is the Treasurer for one group that have monthly meetings, and 50% are local. Of course there are so many things that are different that you wonder about sometimes. Three times I sorted out paperwork to prove my residency following Brexit and before I had chance to submit it found that it was on hold. In the end it was very simple and free. Had a night in hospital when I was sewn up and a spot of day surgery when they checked me out for a possible cancerous hole that appeared by my eye. Each occasion the experience although unwanted was very good. So settled and spending time for us. As for covid, get a decent internet with phone supplier and you can keep in touch easily with the wealth of info in both French and English.