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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...

mushroom bake – a recipe from my new book

The local markets are rich right now as the first local pears and apples arrive from orchards, the plum season continues, grapes are displayed in sweet smelling crates and of course it is mushroom season. To get good crops of autumn mushrooms the weather needs to be damp and sunny, which means that is has to rain and in between the rain we need a little autumn sunshine.   And because that is exactly what we have had these past few weeks, the mushrooms are abundant. I think I already told you...

our brocante and french lifestyle tour to Provence

  September is here and it is the month for my annual brocante tours, when I receive the most charming guests from all over the globe to hunt for treasure with me in Normandy and in Paris.  This year we have a second tour named Luxury and Antiques which will take us to Champagne, Normandy and Paris, experiencing antiques, floral art, jewelry design and more  (if anyone wants a last minute trip, following a cancellation there is one place remaining on the Luxury tour). But today what I...

‘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...

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...

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