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spring renewal

The following short story is 100% fiction, but it’s a theme I’ve been thinking about a lot after having dinner with a girlfriend whose marriage has hit a rocky patch.   There is no indiscretion and she’s seen the piece before I showed it to you …. As always when I publish fiction, I beg your indulgence.    I don’t pretend to be a great writer, I simply love to tell a tale. Louise poured some more coffee into her favourite mug, slipped on a pair of old shoes,...

my new book….pre-sales now open

I am so excited and not a little surprised to tell you that my new book, which is not released until August 8th, is already available on pre-sales! The book is called My French Country Home – Entertaining Through the Seasons, which is quite a mouthful, so will from now on be known as My Entertaining Book  🙂    The book involved photos taken over a whole year, so as to include all the seasons, and there are many photos taken here at my home.   I was lucky enough to work with my friend and...

planning for summer food

  We’re not in the summer yet, not by a long way, but the spring does seem to be in a hurry to move forward here.  Consequently I’m having to decide very quickly what to plant in our kitchen garden this year.  Since I created the no-dig beds a couple of months ago, I haven’t had time to plant anything, and the only plant showing is the  rhubarb that just refuses to give up. We don’t have a big kitchen garden, it’s as much about looking pretty as producing...

giveaway winner and last chance to order

So here I am heading home after my week of book tour and speaking engagements…… and   I have to tell you that if you want to know what it feels like to be treated like a princess, then go on a book tour! I have been bowled over by the kindness and the warm welcome I received in Dallas and in Omaha. Never has the cultural difference between the States and France been more apparent to me, as the warmth and friendliness of my new american friends made everything so easy.     In particular at...

flowers and reinvention

While I’m travelling this week, signing books and meeting so many kind and wonderful people, finding myself in a very different culture to back home in the normandy countryside, and yet connecting so easily, I’ve been thinking about the words and symbols that we use as universal language. We know that a smile is universally understood and I don’t see how that could be wrong Some say that flowers are a universal language, and I can hardly argue with that either.   This whole...

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