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merry christmas to you all

If you have read this blog for a while you’ll know that we are not afraid of a little kitsch, in particular when it comes to our Christmas greetings. As usual Gibson and Ghetto were more than happy to pose for a picture, especially when they were told that some of those gifts were specially bought for well behaved dogs. Thank you for reading us this year, thank you for all the words of encouragement, for your emails and comments.   Thank you to those who joined our antique and floral...

the lull before the christmas storm

I’m sure I’m not the only one to feel that these last few days before Christmas are the lull before the storm.     In a few days time all the children will be home and the house will be filled to the brim with music, laughter, good food, champagne, wrapping paper and happy dogs. I’m loving the build up, the preparations, the baking, choosing gifts, making beds, filling the fridge.  The house will feel like it used to before we were empty nesters, because we are at that stage...

how we came to find our house

This is the strange tale of the house that waited two years for our family.  My husband and I have had many different addresses.  In several different countries.  When I was expecting our first baby we were in a lovely sunny flat in Paris.  Great,  I hear you say, and it was, but we wanted trees, we wanted countryside, we wanted more… So by the time our second child was on the way we found ourselves renting a beautiful orangery in Normandy.  This was lovely too, in the middle of an oak...

french living – the al fresco dining season

In France we just love to eat outdoors; al fresco dining is definitely my favourite and when I look through my book, I can see that we included quite a few al fresco meals while visiting with my girlfriends. Here in Normandy, we like to think that by March we’ll be having our first  lunches outside and by late April hopefully, we’ll be able to have dinner in the garden too, although we’ll probably still need to cover up.    Which is why I am so impatient to start laying those...

food for the easter weekend

Easter weekend… birds singing …a garden full of daffodils .. first day of the year that I’ve been able to hang my laundry outside to dry, and as a bonus I have my youngest home for the holiday break  … if this isn’t spring then I don’t know what is. I took a tour around the local farmers market this morning and picked up some nice fresh vegetables for some of our meals over the weekend, and when I got home I realised that the food is not only delicious but...

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