my third birthday!!

by Sharon Santoni
[blank]Who would have known I’d have so much to say?!!
Exactly three years ago I published my first post on this little blog.  I knew nothing about blogging and I had no reason to think that anyone would ever read me … it just looked sort of fun!
Here I am nine hundred and something posts  and  millions of  page views later, and I’m still not an expert but I’ve certainly had a good time!
All I can say is thank you!
Thank you for the kind and spontaneous emails I receive, for the wonderful comments you leave here; for the way you have welcomed me into your homes and stopped by to see what’s going on here in mine.

Thank you to all those very talented bloggers and photographers and stylists out there, who inspire me every day; you enrich my life.

Thank you to those of you who I’ve met, for opening yourselves up and sharing so readily.  Blogging is indeed an amazing world!

I don’t know how long I’ll be blogging for, but while I’m here I
 promise I’ll do my best to entertain you![blank]


Maison de lin January 23, 2013 - 9:47 am

Hello Sharon,

A happy birthday and I wish you many more years in blogger land!
Thanks for all these beautiful blogspot and to share a lot of fun with us ;D

Greetings from Belgium

daisydonut January 23, 2013 - 10:38 am

Happy birthday and congratulations. Your blog is a lovely corner of blog land, thank you for sharing your world with us.

Buráci January 23, 2013 - 10:39 am

Happy Birthday! I love your blog and open it every day, hoping there will be a new beautiful, funny and inspiring article:-)

Lucie from the Czech republic

The enchanted home January 23, 2013 - 11:42 am

Well Sharon you are doing a fabulous job! And I know your posts make a lot of people happy and getting to live through your gorgeous pictures is the next best thing to being there, so thank YOU!

SusieQ25 January 23, 2013 - 11:49 am

Happy Birthday Sharon, I am so pleased I found you.

deZeal January 23, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Happy Birthday to your blog:) It is so lovely here – I shall be a regular guest, I have to say!!Greetings from Moorland Home xx

Pamela RG January 23, 2013 - 12:26 pm

Happy Birthday to your blog. I enjoy reading it and your pictures are inspiring. Thank you for the encouragement.

Sophia Home January 23, 2013 - 12:32 pm

Congratulations Sharon! Your blog has entertained, inspired, thought provoked and brightened each and every day for me, for a long time now and yours was certainly one of the lovely blogs that encouraged me to start my own not long ago. Thank you and here's to many more years of wonderful posts!

Sophia x

Delaine January 23, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Happy Blogging Anniversary!! Thank you for bringing us a little bit of French culture everyday! My mornings wouldn't be near as much fun without reading your blog!

Eleanor January 23, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Happy Blogiversary and many, many more!

Inspirations from The Beach Prairie by SF January 23, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Happy Anniversary. Yours was one of the first blogs I accidentally came across and read regularly. It helped inspire me to start my own. And I agree, do it because you love it. It will grow and evolve with you. Still love reading yours and checking in daily. Thank you.

Purple Flowers January 23, 2013 - 2:15 pm

I found your blog just about a week ago, and love it. Happy Blogging Birthday to you!

Kathy January 23, 2013 - 2:22 pm

Happy Birthday to you and your blog. I only started reading blogs about 2 years ago, and found you immediately. Strange how a blog became a ritualistic part of my day. I love yours, and many congratulations.

Gina January 23, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Dear Sharon, Congratulations and Happy Blog Birthday. I want to tell you how happy I am that you have decided to blog and share with us your life in that little corner of Normandy, France. I look forward to reading you every morning. I know that it takes commitment and perseverance, not to mention a lot of your time, to post as often as you do. Your blog is always interesting, sometimes funny, sometimes sad (not too often)but always a worthwhile and beautiful read. ox, Gina

Kathy January 23, 2013 - 3:20 pm

S…Happy Birthday! Yours has been one of my favorite places to go since day one….k

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest January 23, 2013 - 3:22 pm

WOW. Congrats- that really is a major feat!

Keep up the good work! We love reading all about your world there, it's wonderful!

Denise at Forest Manor January 23, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Congratulations, Sharon, and Happy Third Birthday!! I'm celebrating a blog birthday this month, too, two years as of January 19th. I don't have nearly the readership that you do — still trying to grow my blog. It is a fun endeavor, isn't it? I hope you'll be blogging for a good while; I enjoy your posts and pictures very much.

Best wishes,


French Girl in Seattle January 23, 2013 - 3:46 pm

Joyeux Troisième anniversaire, Sharon. Three years, a wonderful community, and so many Followers… You have done pretty well for yourself, Madame. I wish you another successful year, and many more after that! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Artsy Chicks Rule January 23, 2013 - 4:09 pm

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Laurel Stephens January 23, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Happy Blog Birthday!!

Lynn January 23, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Congratulations on three years of blogging. Since I found your blog, I visit it daily while still in my pjs and with the first cup of tea. I've tried some of your recipes, admired your home and garden, and the neighboring countryside, so when you say you don't know how long it will last, just the thought of that makes me implore you to carry on for as long as you can. You post almost daily which is a real feat in itself – thank you.

Artsy Chicks Rule January 23, 2013 - 4:25 pm

Congrats to being "3"!! I'm so glad I found your blog. I sat for hours last night reading. Lovely blog. Lovely writing. Lovely surroundings to be doing your writing! I'm jealous. 😉
I will definitely be following along. 🙂

Ina Sumner January 23, 2013 - 4:35 pm

Happy Anniversary, Sharon. I look forward daily to reading what you have to say and day dreaming from the pictures you post. Thank you for writing such an interesting blog.

Debbie January 23, 2013 - 4:42 pm

Happy Anniversary! Love your blog! Spending a weekend in your little guest cottage is on my wish list – so glad I found you online!

Stacey Snacks January 23, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Happy 3rd birthday Madame! Looking forward to the next 3 years! (?).
Hard to believe I have been blogging for 5 years……….where does the time go?
Much love and success. xo

vicki archer January 23, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Happy Blog Birthday Sharon… I always love reading and seeing your posts… thank you for the time and care you take entertaining us… as a fellow blogger, I love to click over and see what is happening in your part of France…
We will get that chat in soon…:) xv

Monique January 23, 2013 - 4:51 pm

Happy birthday to your blog!

Christina Garcia January 23, 2013 - 4:58 pm

I wish you a very Happy Birthday! Three is a very lucky number. May you continue to write for many more years to come.

~ Christina ♥ (from Los Angeles)

florence January 23, 2013 - 4:59 pm

Happy Birthday to that wonderfull blog ! and thank you for your nice posts and your beautyfull photos !

Gail, northern California January 23, 2013 - 5:01 pm

I'm so happy to have found your site. I swear if you posted nothing but pictures of your flowers, inside and out, I would be happy. The bonus for me is when you create those wonderful stories. I think another blogger throws out a challenge and fellow bloggers "compete" for the best story. Your last centered around a Christmas dinner when the cook got snockered. I don't know how many times you've done that but it's wonderful. Thank you.

thefarmfiles January 23, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Congratulations! I really enjoy your beautiful, thoughtful posts!

Garden, Home and Party January 23, 2013 - 5:15 pm

Happy Anniversary. Your blog brings so much to those of us in other parts of the globe.

Jocelyne January 23, 2013 - 5:45 pm

Happy Anniversary! I love your blog. I was born in France and only get to see it in pictures and through blogs like yours. Thank you sharing.

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone January 23, 2013 - 5:48 pm

Dear Sharon –
Happy Anniversary!! Thank YOU!!! For all the lovely inspirations and beautiful posts. Congratulations on 3.
Greetings from very cold DC,

Madonna January 23, 2013 - 6:10 pm

Congratulations. Hopefully you will have many more. I am delighted to have a little peak at what is going on in France and gives us a mini vacation albeit vicariously.

Splenderosa January 23, 2013 - 6:14 pm

This is awesome, Sharon! Everyone on the planet loves you and your blog and I know you will have 10,000 followers by next year. And, big props to you for putting Coty's e-zine icon on your sidebar. Why didn't I think of that?

PURA VIDA January 23, 2013 - 6:22 pm

Happy B Birthday…I am your biggest fan! President of your fan club in the Texas Panhandle 🙂

Kristie Franklin January 23, 2013 - 6:43 pm

Happy 3rd blogging anniversary! Your blog is such a treat to visit and your posts are always interesting, entertaining and informative. I hope that you will remain around for a long time! 🙂

Anonymous January 23, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Congrats on your Blogging anniversary. I am in the US & visiting your blog is like a trip to France on Easyjet..! I think you should write a book – so many bloggers got discovered through blogging.

Jenny January 23, 2013 - 7:40 pm

It's been delightful seeing your blog for three years while I"ve been in Holland. Especially you were a foreigner to begin with. It is nice seeing how you have settled in and thrived. xo Jenny

The Buzz Blog @ Diane James Home January 23, 2013 - 7:57 pm

Happy blogging birthday, Sharon, and we are so happy you decided to share your loves, your life, and your humor with us! Looking forward to reading many more wonderful posts. XO, Carolyn and Cynthia

Hilltop Farm January 23, 2013 - 8:17 pm

Congratulations! I absolutely love your blog. This is the only blog I read every day, and many posts I read over and over again. Thank you so much! xoxoxo Maureen, Seal Rock, Oregon

Cheryl Harper January 23, 2013 - 9:22 pm

Happy Birthday Sharon,
Just love your blog.
xo Cheryl

cavaliereattitude January 23, 2013 - 9:32 pm

Félicitations on your third anniversaire! Unfortunately your wonderful blog sets the bar very high for the rest of us! Thanks for making even those of us who live in France appreciate our architecture, culture and objets trouvés with a fresh eye – and for introducing us to your favourite sites too. Please keep on just as you are!

Joanna January 23, 2013 - 9:36 pm

Happy Birthday Sharon, your blog gives me so much pleasure I can't thank you enough.

White Ironstone Cottage January 23, 2013 - 10:47 pm

Happy Blog bday sweet friend
LOVELOVELOVE your beautiful blog

Elizabeth Eiffel January 23, 2013 - 11:20 pm

Joyeux anniversaire and thank you for your wonderful blog and for sharing your inspiration and life with us. We are richer for having you in the blogsphere. Bisous.

Mark D. Ruffner January 23, 2013 - 11:25 pm

Congratulations, Sharon, on three years of very successful blogging. Your blog does indeed entertain, but it also inspires and allows each of your viewers to feel connected to your lovely part of the world. Many thanks.

Anonymous January 23, 2013 - 11:32 pm

Congratulations! I do hope you will be blogging for years to come. I don't always comment, but I do read every post. Merci beaucoup!

Dawn Fleming

Sarah January 24, 2013 - 12:18 am

Happy 3rd Birthday! Thank you for sharing your beautiful images and creative posts with all of us. I look forward to many more to follow. ~ Sarah

Anonymous January 24, 2013 - 1:29 am

Hope you will be blogging for a looong time. I enjoy seeing and reading your beautiful posts!

Bonnie January 24, 2013 - 3:43 am

Congratulations! I so enjoy your beautiful posts.

The Blue Farmhouse January 24, 2013 - 4:25 am

Congratulations and Happy Birthday Sharon! I look forward to reading your blog and looking at those beautiful pictures everyday! Thank you:)


Colleen Taylor January 24, 2013 - 6:38 am

Happy Anniversary Sharon! Congratulations and many many more posts. I know my life has been enriched with meeting you here! OXO

writeontruth819 January 24, 2013 - 7:49 am

Congratulations on 3 years of BLOGGING bliss Sharon…!! Sharing your lifestyle, creative decorating and other joys of your lovely home and life in France is a pleasure to be part of. I am inspired by you and your lovely snaps!! See you on FB!!

Nell January 24, 2013 - 8:04 am

Je vous souhaite un très bonne anniversaire et j'espère avoir le plaisir de vous lire encore très longtemps

april January 24, 2013 - 9:16 am

Happy Birthday…. I often stop by, even if I rarely comment… but your beautiful blog really makes my day. Chiara

MINHA VIDA DE CAMPO January 24, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Parabéns pelo lindo blog e muito sucesso em seu blog e em sua vida. Há muito tempo sigo seu blog, conhecendo um pouco de sua vida. Parabéns e felicidades.

Beth Francis January 24, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Dear sharon

Your Blog is truly amazing. I have started a blog this year, I need to post more often but have lost confidence already who will read it??

I will work hard at it and maybe one day you will comment!!!

If you care to look Bethatthesummerhouse
Beth x

manon 21 January 24, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Bon anniversaire …


Greet Lefèvre January 24, 2013 - 2:01 pm

Congratulations dear Sharon! Your blog is one of the best!!
Keep going to show us the most gorgeous pictures!

Karen (Back Road Journal) January 24, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Congratulations on three years. Even though I am relatively new to your blog…you feel like a friend that I enjoy stopping by to visit.

Leslie January 24, 2013 - 4:20 pm

Yay! You are one of the highlights of my day! One of my "France fixes". So glad you decided to start this blog. Maybe someday I'll get the courage to. A bientot.

Lis January 24, 2013 - 4:52 pm

Happiiii birthday – and many more to come 😉

BRASWELL January 24, 2013 - 5:09 pm

Yeah 3 years! + as a fellow blogger I know how difficult it can be to find interesting topics! you've done this and more! congratulations!

LA CONTESSA January 24, 2013 - 5:21 pm


Unknown January 24, 2013 - 5:34 pm

thank you for allowing us to enter into a bit of your life…

lissyparkerltd January 24, 2013 - 8:16 pm

Congratulations! Thank you for all of the inspirations.
xo, Lissy Parker

Debe January 24, 2013 - 9:18 pm

Congratulations on your 300! I really enjoy your blog and will be making my first trip to Paris in March. You help me see it differently and spark ideas. I just love the dogs and your stories. Keep it up!

Susan January 24, 2013 - 10:22 pm

Sharon, you say how fortunate you are to be welcomed into so many homes……we're the lucky ones who get to visit YOU every day and gaze at the beauty of your home, your country side, your warm and genuine insights into life. You have an incredible knack of creating the most beautiful vignette from the simplest flowers from your garden, some antique linen or some home baked deliciousness
Thankyou for all the time and effort you take each day…..they say the eyes of the soul can be seen through ones' eyes…..we fortunate readers get to see your soul through the beauty and wonder of your blog!!!

Reply January 25, 2013 - 12:09 am

Found you not long ago and was enchanted. Three years of blogs…I have lots of reading to do.

Congratulations on you blog birthday.

SALLY January 25, 2013 - 12:21 am

OHMYGOSH! You must never stop bloging! Your blog is my very, very favorite. I've recommended it to so many of my friends, and they always write to thank me! So happy, happy birthday!

Curator January 25, 2013 - 10:17 am

Belated birthday cheer from Blighty.

МаринаОсень January 25, 2013 - 6:03 pm

Happy, Happy Birthday! dear Sharon! I am so happy to have discovered your blog once! So positive, inspiring, beautiful, cosy. Great! Please continue to be with us, share with us, make our days! Warmest greetings,

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