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Marian Blake – Who is she?

I was born and bred in the old railway town of Swindon. Most of my family worked on the railways in some capacity and my father was no exception. I went to the local primary and comprehensive schools and did my A levels in 1975. I was good at science ad wanted to go to university, so took a degree in a subject that would give me a career at the end of it. (Much easier to persuade my father if there was a job at the end!)

After finishing my degree at Aston University in 1978 in Ophthalmic Optics, I took my pre-registration year in Bristol, where I met Chris my husband. I passed the professional exams in 1979 and registered with The General Optical Council.

Chris and I married in 1980 and I worked the next 5 years with first a private optician and then a small group. In 1986, I bit the bullet and started a practice in Bristol which grew from Zero patients to one where I saw over 2000 patients per year. I sold the practice in 2004 when we decided to move to France. In the 18 years I had it I also worked sessions for Bath Royal United Hospital, and took part in a study to see if long term Glaucoma patients could be seen in the community.

Apart from optics which I love still, what else do I like? Well we have 2 dogs at present, a Labrador and a Jack Russell, so they take some of my time. Before we came to France, I was active in the Girl Guide movement; first as an assistant guider, then as District commissioner, Brown Owl and lastly as a Ranger leader. I sew; curtains to gold work embroidery and anything in between. 

Chris and I have 4 gites to run as well as 2.5 hectares, so I am kept busy. I still try to find time to indulge my love of reading – anything from romance to biography, sci-fi to Shakespeare. I have started to publish electronic books for ereaders. 

You may be thinking” if she came to France in 2004, isn’t she a bit rusty as an optician?” I took a year off from optics when we arrived, but since 2005, I have been working as a locum in the UK to keep my skills up to date. Also, as part of my GOC registration, I have to take part in continuous training and education to stay registered.




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Contact Details

The English Optician
18 bd National
24500 Eymet

Tel : 05 53 61 28 23

GPS Coordinates 

44 40' 7.69" N   0 23' 56.56" W 

44.668805   0.399045 

How To Find Us

From the North, head toward Brgerac.

At Bergerac, take the D933 south towards Eymet and Marmande. At the bottom of 

the hill as you enter Eymet, keep straight on at the first roundabout and 

through the traffic lights and the mini roundabout.  When you reach the shops, 

park near the depot du vente and I am in the Chiropractors Building across the 

road. I am next door to ABC Medical.

From Bordeaux - head either east on the D936 to Bergerac and follow the 

directions above from Bergerac or south on the A62 and follow the directions 


From the South

From the A62, come off at junction 5(Marmande/Mont-de-Marsan) and head North on 

the D933 through Marmande and continue on towards Bergerac. Go on to Eymet. 

When you reach the shops, park near the depot du vente and I am in the 

Chiropractors Building across the road. I am next door to ABC Medical.