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giveaway result – the winners of my new book

I completely forgot to announce our giveaway winners, having promised to do so on Friday! My apologies! Thank you to everyone who took part, and thank you for all the shares on your social media accounts. The three winners of our random draw are as follows: Pam Ballard Veronica Murphy and   Victoria Savu Ladies, if you would like to contact us by email, we’ll be happy to arrange for your copies to be sent to you.     My French Country Home – Entertaining Through the...

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,...

my new book – a giveaway and how it came to be

My new book is released on the 8th August and it is an exciting moment. Turning the pages of the author copy that arrived here a couple of weeks ago has brought it all back to me.   Because writing and creating a book is a process.   This book is entitled My French Country Home – Entertaining through the Seasons and with the photographer Franck Schmitt, we took photos over one whole year, striving to find fresh ideas and situations to highlight each season along the way. Entertaining has...

buying antique french linens and a new magazine for our Box

If you have read me for a while, you’ll have understood that I have a rather troublesome linen addiction.   That is to say that I don’t find it troublesome at all, because I just keep buying….  but  if I hush the addict within, and listen to my quieter more discreet self who likes order in the house, then I’m forced to admit that I have run out of storage space for the many monogrammed bedsheets, the piles of tablecloths and the stash of napkins and tea cloths that...

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