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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...

stunning 18th century property for sale

I am very excited to share this very special property with you.    It is a house that I have admired for a long time, belonging to the über-talented antique dealers and stylists, Pascale and Olivier of Le Grillon Voyageur. The construction of this property is 18th and 17th century, and it lies to the east of Paris in champagne country,in a little town called Sezanne, surrounded by Champagne vineyards.  From here it takes about 90 minutes to drive from here to Paris centre, or to the airports....

a country home – decorating with jenni at dear lillie

Continuing our series about country homes around the world, I am happy to introduce  you, or those of you who don’t already know her, to Jenni at the successful home decor blog Dear Lillie.    Jenni and her brother run an online store for home decor, and her eye for design and styling is truly inspirational.  l love the way that her home is so up to date with the latest trends, but yet still looks comfortable and welcoming   – What part of Virginia are you in and how would you...

my no-dig garden – starting afresh

I try hard to improve my garden in small ways each year.   Some ideas are bigger or more ambitious than others and some succeed better than others.  And that’s all part of the enjoyment.  It’s an ongoing learning curve,  it’s creative and productive and I love it.   My current new project is these no-dig beds in the vegetable garden or potager.   I’m sure that many of you have no-dig beds already, but this is all new to me.  Last Spring I visited the Jardins du...

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