On March 18, 2020, as the prime minister Boris Johnson was announcing the closure of schools and the country was facing imminent lockdown, Ted Crombie-Rodgers and Lesa Barker were out buying a tent, a roofbox and some basic DIY tools.
The couple from Hertfordshire realised that if they didn’t pack up and move right away to the dilapidated French estate they were buying they would be stuck in the UK for the foreseeable future. “There was a furious dash round the DIY stores, then I packed up my 4×4 so you couldn’t even get a wafer-thin mint in there. Even our poor dog Hanz, a big alsatian, only had a 2ft square space to sit in,” recalls Ted, 57. Lesa says she felt sick with
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