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normandy manor house for sale

If you have a secret, or not so secret, wish to buy and restore a century old manor house  in Normandy;  if you dream of patina, exposed beams, century old tiled floors and sprawling orchards….. if you’d like to live in the country where the only noise to be heard from behind your old stone walled garden is the chiming of the village church bell …. then you may want to read to the end of this piece. This stunning property is 90 minutes drive from Paris in the green...

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...

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...

buying french antiques at Chatou

  We have come to the first french antiques and  brocante fair of the year and without a doubt my favourite.  La Foire de Chatou, or the Chatou Ham and Brocante Fair takes place twice a year on the west of Paris, and gathers hundreds of France’s best antique dealers to show off their wares for a  whole ten days each time.  Why ‘Ham & Brocante’?  … because there are so many places to eat around the fair, with a big tradition for the stands selling cured hams...

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