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a day out in normandy – le bois des moutiers

I know that many of my readers are in Paris this summer and maybe looking for a day excursion in Normandy that takes them off the traditional tourist trail. Last weekend I visited Le Bois des Moutiers, a beautiful early 19th century property, designed by British architect Edward Lutyens, with the gardens laid out by Gertrude Jekyll!   Can you imagine a more perfect combination than these two working side by side. Early century design contemporaries, they actually worked together on many...

august flowers from the garden

  August is a tricky time in the garden here in Northern France.    The weather gets hotter, and this year we have a strong wind blowing, and the flowers are not so happy. Of course I keep the free standing pots well watered, and make sure the roses are trimmed and watered too, but we are in between flowering seasons, and the pickings are more sparse than normal This is  a bouquet from the garden today.   My ever faithful Polka roses who never disappoint , a couple of Abraham Darby buds,...

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...

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