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will reinvention be part of your year?…

If you have been reading me  for any time at all you will know how much I love a tale of reinvention. A chance for reinvention can come around for many different reasons:  moving house;  losing a job; a change in family circumstances;  or simply because like me the nest empties out and there is more time available to pursue other interests. I think we may be the first generation to have so many possibilities laid out before us, so many avenues to explore, such exciting tools available for...

welcome to the new website!

It’s been a long time coming, but at last it’s done, I’m so happy to show you around the newly designed  website.  It seems appropriate to be making these changes as we move into autumn here in Normandy, the season that is all about metamorphosis. We have changed so much and kept so much too! This little blog has evolved a great deal since I first created it nearly seven years ago.   I could never have imagined all the doors that would be opened for me, simply because I...

managing our time

It may be the passing of the years, or the urgency created by  living with abundant social media, but I find that I am increasingly preoccupied with time, and how I manage it ….. or don’t There is the time that is counted on an hourly basis, the simple challenge to fit into one day all that we want to get done, and then there is the list of ‘things’ that we still hope to achieve, given time .  Our bigger wish list, our aims, our targets. Maybe , and without becoming...

sissinghurst, my mum and the strength of women …

I am at that stage in life where my children need me less and my mother needs me more.   Of  course with me in France, and her in the UK, we haven’t lived in the same country for very many years, but I am blessed to have my mom close enough for me to drive and spend a few days with her every month. My Mum is a feisty character: sweet, funny,  loving and a peacemaker  but feisty nevertheless.   She is a woman who in her years, while raising a big family, also fought fiercely and...

the parterres – a one year update

The parterres in front of the house were first created 18 months ago, so this is their second summer.   If you are interested you can read the back posts about creating the parterres and choosing the planting schemes, here , here and here It feels like my readers have been closely involved with these parterres, and with the design of the bed in front of the terrace  I was amazed at the response when I asked for planting suggestions, and tips for maintenance. A year on, I thought you may like...

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