I'm inspired by Sally's post above to contribute my own thoughts - much of what she says is so much like our own experience. Well, except the bit about the coypu - we had one turn up at our lake and they do so much damage to the banks. I think this one was at the tail-end of its life though because it wasn't unduly bothered by our presence. It stayed for a few weeks and then disappeared.
The wildlife is amazing (even the wild boar who dig up my nicely manicured field!). Nor does it stop for the night - our cctv records a whole other world during the night. The countryside in the Creuse is just the best.
I love where we live - a lovely isolated house where there is zero light pollution and yet it is only a short walk over the hill into our small village where all sorts of people of no particular 'class' make us feel so welcome. At this year's 'Fête des Voisins' everyone sang happy birthday to me - in English (despite the fact no one speaks English!).
I have had to learn the meaning of 'moderation' as I adore the bread and the cheese and the wine and all the other things that conspire to make me put on weight!
What I dislike is the chasse. I could just about cope with what I would recognise as 'game' but what I don't understand is the long list of other species of animals and birds hunted.
Also what I don't get (yet - is two and a half years still 'honeymoon'?) is the reputation the French have for being bad drivers. Apart from their habit of driving in the middle of country roads until they meet oncoming traffic, I found the vast majority of them sensible and courteous drivers (about a zillion times better than UK drivers). I've lost count of how many times slow drivers have pulled over to let me pass.
And now to be controversial... I may regret this but here goes...it's about French bureaucracy. What I don't get is that (so far) our dealings with French bureaucracy has been super efficient and very quick! Carte grise for my tractor? Less than a week from start to finish. Problem with the tax office? No problem - popped in - 5 minutes later and it was all done and dusted!