autumn, a new camera and subscribing to the blog

by Sharon Santoni
Could not resist stopping the car this afternoon as
I drove down this beautiful forest road
– seemingly alone in the world!
So yes, these shots are taken with a new camera ….. and no,
I’m not entirely sure it was the right choice.   Hmmmm…
Seems to me that a new camera must be like riding a new horse;
it takes a while to find the right buttons to press!
I stayed with a point and shoot – because I’m lazy! – but moved to
Lumix on a whim …
let’s just say, the jury is still out .


Mable Zak November 20, 2013 - 12:12 pm

Love the new look!! Have re-subscribed and as always, love to view and read your posts.

Gayle Coleman November 20, 2013 - 3:25 pm

Love your posts. Have subscribed and as always look forward to your fabulous photos, recipes and thoughts .


Carol Parden November 20, 2013 - 12:20 pm

The new camera is great. I live in Chicago, and almost every morning I start my day by looking at and reading your blog. The photos are glorious and your stories great fun.

Debra Pashkowsky November 20, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Love this blog as my dream trip is to go to France. You bring a little bit of it to my life each day. I re-subscriped last night.

Suzanne November 20, 2013 - 1:33 pm


CÉLINE CHOLLET November 20, 2013 - 1:48 pm

Sharon, les photos d’automne sont bien réussies en tout cas avec ton nouvel appareil ! J’aime bien la comparaison avec le cheval…! Bon courage pour trouver les boutons…

Lynne November 20, 2013 - 1:50 pm

The little point and shoots are so amazing now! I have a small Nikon.
It looks like you know your “buttons” !
The images are beautiful, Sharon! Congratulations on the new blog design!

Judy November 20, 2013 - 3:02 pm

What simply gorgeous dreamy photos!! I have subscribed to the blog…..J

Contessa November 20, 2013 - 3:10 pm

Your photos are STUNNING!Why is the jury still out?The colors………are MAGNIFICENT!Then again thats your road so you are use to it!
I made the soup yesterday delicious…………..THANK YOU!!!

Christine W November 20, 2013 - 3:14 pm

I re-subscribed! I cannot imagine going one day without reading your blog and looking out into your window of France…sigh. I am in Milwaukee WI and your blog allows my mind’s eye to take flight and experience what the body cannot.
I wish to enter your dream-come-true contest!

Trudye November 20, 2013 - 3:23 pm

Beautiful,beautiful pics Sharon! I always love that you take the time to pause and capture a stunning moment in nature. It seems as if you have found all of the right buttons here!
Thank you and have fun with your new toy!

Lin November 20, 2013 - 3:39 pm

Sharon I so enjoy your blog..its not too long so it can be read in a minute or two. The new format is very nice…looks like you are enjoying your new camera also…cheers

Lynn Koch November 20, 2013 - 3:45 pm

Being a South African I too live in a breathtaking beautiful country but just being in contact with your French culture is awesome! Your photies, news and comments just make me want to be there and experience all the beauty!

Marilyn November 20, 2013 - 3:53 pm

Take me home, country roads–take me to Normandy
have subscribed, and resubscribed, as well
Your work is lovely

Barbara Lilian November 20, 2013 - 3:55 pm

The pictures with your new camera look fantastic, shooting into the sun something I haven’t mastered yet and the last one of the red leaves with the faded background is a winner for me. I think we are all alike when it comes to using a new camera, we feel safe with the familiarity of the old one.
Love the new look.

Cynthia Olson November 20, 2013 - 4:13 pm

I am a first time subscriber, but have followed you on FB for a while and keep up with your fabulous blog. Love the new pictures.

Holly November 20, 2013 - 5:01 pm

Keep the camera – the colors are extraordinary!

lissy parker November 20, 2013 - 5:45 pm

I had the same problem when I moved to The problem was finally solved, but 5 subscribers ‘disappeared.’ Luckily they contacted me about the problem and all is well.
xo, lissy

Leslie in Portland, Oregon November 20, 2013 - 6:40 pm

Your autumn photographs bode well for your partnership with your new camera! Thank you, as always, for your touching glimpses of Normandy and your life there. I have, of course, resubscribed to your lovely new site. Appreciatively as always, Leslie

Wendy Shippee November 20, 2013 - 7:11 pm

Congrats on your new site. It is lovely!
Your fall photos are divine. I would love to see Normandy in person!!

Francoise Coadou-Porter November 20, 2013 - 8:52 pm

Had re subscribed !! How could I not ?? I am addicted to your news !!

Marcella November 20, 2013 - 9:05 pm

Beautiful colors in your photos…..I would say that you made a wise choice when choosing a new camera!

Jenny Patey November 20, 2013 - 9:26 pm

Sharon, of course I have resubscribed..I simply could not go with out your fabulous blog for a single day. I don’t leave re-marks , but I just love your style , the pics are great, just a small peeck into your frence CountryHome, is so inspiring, thank you so very much ,and good luck with the new camera. Jenny

Margaret November 20, 2013 - 9:57 pm


Oh my goodness! What a great give away!
I just subscribed. Thanks.


Nat November 20, 2013 - 10:24 pm

I just love your way of making me discovering my own country and our beloved Normandie! A dream for someone who works in a tower in a cold business area… Your new blog seems great (the previous one also was great : the reason why we all are your followers!). What a good idea your nice give away (even for a french woman who has so much to learn from you)! Nat

Nat November 20, 2013 - 10:51 pm

I have just subscribed. Many thanks, Nat

Dianne November 20, 2013 - 11:25 pm

Have just re-subscribed. Your pictures are just beautiful…..would love to win a chance to stay in your beautiful guest cottage and joining you on a brocante tour. We are visiting France in 2014 so it would be a perfect addition.

With kind regards


Pamela November 21, 2013 - 12:29 am

Dear Sharon
I sent a comment on your beautiful photographs almost as soon as they appeared. But my comment hasn’t. Maybe, the new system ate it? Anyway, love the photos, you have the eye of an artist – the colour, the light, the framing. The new camera must be doing something right too!
Will subscribe to go in the running for your fabulous shopping tour. Though
guess I don’t stand a chance with the Very Rev. Dr Terry in the competition!
Best wishes, Pamela

Cynthia Sambeat November 21, 2013 - 12:31 am

Your photos are always so impressive! I really think you have an eye for capturing special images. I am an plein air artist so I appreciate looking a beautiful scenery! I just love this post with your new camera. I saved the first photo in the blog to my favorite photographs on Pinterest. Thank you for sharing your blog with all of us.

Sally Leonard November 21, 2013 - 3:57 am

These pictures are glorious!! Living in Houston, Texas, I never get to see anything like this! Love love your blog. It’s my very favorite of all the blogs I read.

Jill November 21, 2013 - 6:17 am

I’ve resubscribed! Wouldn’t miss it. 🙂

Susan Hamm November 21, 2013 - 6:44 am

I read your blog over and over again every time you post — It makes me want to live in France forever. I so would love to come and meet you and spend time photographing your countryside and of course shopping. I always love your photos and you decorating and cooking ideas. I resubscribed and your new blog is fabulous.

Gina November 21, 2013 - 8:26 am

Gorgeous photos! Loving the blog!!

sarah November 21, 2013 - 10:58 am

j’aime! merci!

Sally Easterly November 21, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Dear Sharon, You are so generous to offer a week in your lovely guest cottage, along with a guided brocante experience – mille mercis! I am daily inspired by the beauty that you fine with your camera lens, your insightful text, and your understanding of French life and culture. Thank you.

Nancy November 21, 2013 - 2:36 pm

You are the highlight of myt day!

Brenda November 21, 2013 - 2:39 pm

I have subscribed to your blog. Please enter me for the wonderful give away!

amelia farah November 21, 2013 - 4:21 pm

I love your blog and your photos, was very good the new layout. Very Good

Melissa November 21, 2013 - 4:36 pm

Love your blog! And what a treat it would be to be treasure hunting in France!

Vickie Cunningham November 21, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Resubscribed! I love your blog, and look forward to reading it every day! Sure would love to visit!! 😉

Eileen November 21, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Your post is beautiful. I love France and would love to go. Thanks.

Margi Feller November 21, 2013 - 5:45 pm

I have resubscribed to your fab blog. It always starts my day with a smile. Thanks you for your great Pics (hope your new camera works out) and wonderful comments and tours.

Cathy November 21, 2013 - 5:52 pm

I have re-subscribed. Love your posts and a chance to visit. Thanks!

Elaine November 21, 2013 - 9:45 pm

I have resubscribed!! Love your new blog, also loved the old one, so we are good!

gabi November 21, 2013 - 11:37 pm

Hi Sharon…think you should now start to fall in love with your new camera…after those delicious photos wow!
Your blog is my favourite…just absolutely gorgeous. I look forward to it every single day. You uplift my spirit each time I open my emails. Thankyou Sharon for the beauty you share so generously xx

Cynthia November 22, 2013 - 1:10 am

Absolutely am loving your new blog! I’ve re-subcribed and can’t wait to start reading more! 🙂

HollyAnn November 22, 2013 - 8:38 am

Sharon – I LOVE your new camera!

Your new camera just took my new wallpaper!

That beautiful fall covered country road is now my screensaver. It’s the first thing I see when I turn on my computer. It takes me to such a beautiful place, visually, emotionally and SPIRITually.

Thank you so much for for inviting us into your beautiful life.

Happiest Hollydays!

Gale Roanoake November 22, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Hi Sharon — OK, now I’ve shared your blog via Twitter and Facebook! Does that mean two additional chances? 🙂

Gale November 22, 2013 - 12:26 pm

Hmmm…like another comment above, my original “resubscribed” post seems to have disappeared. So here goes again — thanks for the gorgeous blog and this generous giveaway! Resubscribed and shared via Twitter and Facebook. Good luck, everyone!

Nancy javier November 23, 2013 - 2:55 pm

I’m new to your blog and can’t wait to read all your interesting posts. So far I’m loving it.

Adele November 26, 2013 - 5:42 am

stunning photos….gorgeous autumn leaves…the opposite of our hot summer days now here in Australia


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