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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...

my stylish french box n° 2 – a giveaway

Excitement is building here as we are getting ready to pack and ship My Stylish French Box N° 2! We are so grateful for the way that the first box was received, that we want to say a big thank you and offer one of my readers the chance to win a box in May. Our boxes are dispatched every three months, and the next box, which would be N° 2, will be leaving here at the end of April to ensure an early delivery in May.      Each box follows a different theme, and contains totally new and different...

french antiques in isle sur la sorgue

Many of you may be familiar with the antique filled town of Isle sur la Sorgue in the south of France, but as it’s likely that most visitors go there in the summer, you may not know that a highpoint of the year is the Easter weekend. This is the 51st year  of the Isle sur la Sorgue Antiques Art & You fair.   From 13th to 17th April, the 300 regular dealers in the town are joined by several hundred other antique and brocante dealers from all over France, for a four day long brocante...

planting for the seasons in my french country garden

A couple of years ago we created new flower beds in front of our house, first bordering the terrace and then the parterres centre stage,  and I was pleased to be able to ask for advice and ideas from my amazing and knowledgeable readers.  You can see their suggestions here and here.    I’m sometimes asked about how to maintain garden interest through the seasons , and while I don’t claim to be an expert, I’m happy to share what works here in Normandy. The beds are now three...

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