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the reinvention game

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you’ll know how much I love a tale of reinvention.  I believe that reinvention is one of the great luxuries of today’s world, and is particularly real and accessible to women who have already had a successful career and are looking for a change, or to those like myself who enjoyed a big chunk of life as a full time mom, before setting out to discover the next era in their lives. I don’t think that our mother’s...

‘la rentrée’ it’s back to work in france

Here in France the last week of August and the first week of September is so much more than just a couple of pages in the diary. ‘La Rentrée’, or ‘The Return’ is originally about the start of the new school year, but here it is also for many working people the return to their desk after their traditional August break; the re-opening of local stores that were closed during August; it is the time of year when TV News channels change their presenters; when national radios...

taking photos for the blog

If you’ve read me for any time, you may know that since the blog started 7 years ago, I have always used a point and shoot camera for all my photos.   A point and shoot is lightweight, it slips into my handbag, fully automatic and simply was so easy to use. I started with a Fuji, that I loved but it didn’t take very big pictures, and a few years ago I moved onto a Lumix that I also adored.    I’ve never been really careful with my cameras, and I expect a lot of them.  They...

turning a page and giving thanks

I have to tell you that this post is written with tears in my eyes….. You may think me ridiculous… but I’ll take that risk. This morning the last of our horses left our paddock and travelled to a new home where he will enjoy a retirement with another senior horse in acres of green pastures and gently swaying trees. Three weeks ago our pony left for a new home too.  He is now with a young family and officially belongs to a little girl, and he gets brushed, fed with carrots and...

flowers and reinvention

While I’m travelling this week, signing books and meeting so many kind and wonderful people, finding myself in a very different culture to back home in the normandy countryside, and yet connecting so easily, I’ve been thinking about the words and symbols that we use as universal language. We know that a smile is universally understood and I don’t see how that could be wrong Some say that flowers are a universal language, and I can hardly argue with that either.   This whole...

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