The Cuisniers won their place on the island after replying to an advertisement placed by the country’s Coastal Protection Agency. In return for living there, they agreed to look after the island and run the farm in a profitable way. And now it’s another family’s turn to become the island’s caretakers.
Living on an island barely a mile long, inhabited only by birds, seals and farm animals might seem daunting. But the Cuisniers, who moved here in 2007, now live in relative luxury compared to their first six months on Quéménès. Back then they had no running water or electricity.
Those first weeks on the windswept island must have been very challenging indeed. One of the earliest entries in the family’s blog describes trying to take a simple shower. “We opted for solar heating skillfully crafted with 5-liter water cans surrounded by a black trash bag,” the account read. The post also included the following observation: “In April the sun cannot heat a can of 5 liters of water, even cleverly placed in a black bag.”