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my no-dig beds an autumn update

You may remember last spring when I showed you my brand new no-dig beds in our potager.   I was happy with the way they looked, but had no way of knowing how they were going to behave as the season moved on and most of all whether the utopian promise of “no more weeds” would be fulfilled! So many of you were kind enough to share your own experience with no-dig beds, or ‘lasagne compost’, that I thought you may like an update at the end of this first growing season. For...

a country farm house for sale

If ever you have come on one of my brocante tours, or if you’ve been to shop with me privately, or if you bought my first book then you’ll recognise this beautiful farm house that my friends Cecile and Franck have put up for sale.   Whenever I come here with guests, they never fail to ooh and aah about the property and say how comfortable they feel here. After many happy years here, Cecile and Franck are about to embark on an exciting new project, and as much as they love this...

chatting with shirin von wulffen of bastide

When we put together our August Stylish French Box, I was very excited to include a candle from Bastide.    As we worked together on the details I became intrigued by the husband and wife couple that has created this  lifestyle and beauty brand.  Shirin von Wulffen and  her husband Frédéric Fekkai, acquired a 25 year old brand, which they have relaunched as Bastide,  based in Aix-en-Provence where Frédéric grew up.  I was interested to know more about Shirin and her life in provence, and I...

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,...

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