the brocante giveaway winner is ….

by Sharon Santoni


A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the giveaway and thank you too for all the positive comments about the new blog.  Apologies to those who may have experienced a couple of hiccups during the first day or two, I’m pretty sure we have them sorted, but if you still see anything not functioning correctly, I’d be grateful to know, merci!

The brocante giveaway proved quite popular, and to choose the winner I simply counted the total number of comments on the blog, as well as those on facebook and of course not forgetting people who wrote to me by mail and told me they had resubscribed and wanted a chance in the giveaway.  This was submitted to a random generator and the number that came out corresponded to T Scott, who on 24 November, wrote :

“I just reconfirmed my subscription!  I love your Blog and would LOVE to have a chance to come to a Brocante tour with you!”


Congratulations to you!  If you’d like to get in touch with me by email here    then we’ll start sorting out the details.

And for those of you who are thinking about coming to shop for brocante in Normandy, you can check out more information on the Brocante Tour banner on the sidebar.  The April tour is already fully booked, but there is still space for other dates, and of course for private tours too.  Don’t forget that this year I am offering container space with the tour package, so you can now take home that French armoire![white]


Contessa November 27, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Wish I was a fly on the wall when she reads this………….!!!!!

Joan November 27, 2013 - 6:03 pm

What fun she has in store!

Paula Wales November 27, 2013 - 6:11 pm

just enjoy what is new and different because i enjoy every moment here thank you

Colleen Taylor November 27, 2013 - 6:33 pm

Wow, congrats to T Scott, hope that person gets in contact with you. What a fabulous win!

Annie Bourke November 27, 2013 - 8:47 pm

What a wonderful (early) Christmas present and a fantastic thing to be able to look forward to in 2014.

Wendy November 27, 2013 - 9:22 pm

Congratulations to T Scott, a fabulous early Christmas present, so generous of you Sharon.
This is my favourite blog, just love it and so look forward to visiting next year hopefully!

Katherine November 28, 2013 - 2:30 am

This is a very generous gift. ….. and to T. Scott – there is a lineup of people who would love to travel with you! Have fun.

david terry November 28, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Dear Mme. de la Santoni,

Having just read this news, I am struck absolutely and irretrievably speechless and couldn’t possibly write or say a SINGLE word, and I do not intend to do so (nor would I be capable of doing so) until I have fully recovered from this crudely brutish & predictably cold-hearted blow you have dealt to my hopes, dreams, and very minimal (I think) requests.

As I am sure all of your readers will agree, your callous rebuff of my simple request (the ONLY request I have ever made of you) to be the happy-winner of your give-away strikes a blow to the heart! Of everyone, I should think!

I hope that you and this “T Scott” person will be gratified to know that, on this Thanksgving Day, I am taking to my bed in sorow, impotent rage at my exclusion from “your” French Country Home, and general pettishness over this outrageously overt display of un-concern over my feelings and wishes.

I asked for only ONE thing… win the give-away. Yet?….you could not find it in yourself to give me the ONLY thing (and a very small thing it was, I believe) which I
humbly requested.

You have publicly and humiliatingly branded me as a “loser”.

All I can do is to retreat into my breeding, and to take refuge in my little bedroom. As I wrote previously, I really cannot say or type ANYTHING whatsoever, so great is the shock which you have cruelly and gratuitously dealt me this morning.

Perhaps it amuses you to strip aging, Anglican bachelors of their little, remaining dreams?

You could have made ME the winner without anyone’s being the wiser as to your means of doing so, but you refused to do so. Your behavior is grotesque (by my standards) and inexplicable. I truly think it is very SELFISH of you to have denied me the one thing I asked for.

I have not previously told you that I have a heart condition. What you have done to me is VERY bad for it.

Agitatedly yours as ever,

The Rev. Dr. David C. Terry
Webb House
Hillsborough, NC

P.S. (and sincerely) congratulations to “T Scott”. What fun she/she will have. I do like the notion of renting a “Container”, but (personally) I’d be afraid that it’d be opened up once it arrived in Newark….., and I’d find 7 or 12 Somalian, Tunisian, or Cypriot stowaway-refugees huddled inside the 18th century armoire I’d bought in Normandy……

Sharon SANTONI November 28, 2013 - 2:34 pm

Dear Rev Dr,
Much as it pains me to think that I may have aggravated a life-threatening heart condition, I find it hard to believe that you, an ecclesiastical figure, you of all people seriously thought that I’d be prepared to RIG a giveaway just to please you!
I’d also like to remind you that this is not at all the ‘only’ thing you have ever asked from me, since I have records of your whining and ingratiating comments at the end of every single MFCH giveaway to date!!
I respectfully suggest that it is not me that has branded you as a loser, but rather your own petty behaviour. And that had you simply entered the giveaway (once, instead of your five or six times!), and had come back today to pat T Scott on the back, then we would all be thinking highly of you and generally commending you on your fair play, instead of which my readers and myself are simply shocked and astounded by your pettiness!
I’d love to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, but I imagine that if you are spending it feeling sorry for yourself and in bed, then my wishes would be wasted
Your irritated former friend

david terry November 28, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Dear Mme. de la Santoni,

My little maid (reduced circumstances in my unexpectedly forlorn, unanticipatedly lonely, and embarassingly-straightened financial circumstances constrict me to maintaining only one servant in the household) just read your note to me.

That was cruel of you. It is also QUITE illogical of you to wonder why I would wonder why you would NOT “rig” a give-away to benefit me. I don’t see any reason why anyone wouldn’t do so, so how could you or any of your readers?

All I wanted was to win. It was all Very Simple. I am not a modern, “complex” person with multiple, selfish( I loathe selfish people who think only of themselves all the time) desires. I had only one….and you have selfishly denied it to me, in order to gratify the desires of this arrivisite parvenu “T Scott”.

I’m going back to bed now. Your letter has upset me SO much that the coughing has set in again. I simply cannot comprehend why, when all I have done is to ask that I be The Winner, you do not make The Winner?

It all seemed so simple. My mother and Father (who raised me very carefully and provided me with all my necessary pleasures and little requests) would be quite ANGRY with you now if they were here to learn of how I have been treated at and by “your” French Country home. You really do need to understand that I am not accustomed to being thwarted in regard to my own, simple demands. The ONLY thing I have ever requested is that I get what I want when I want it.

Why do all of you young and “modern” ladies find that such a difficult concept to grasp?

Faithfully (if quite in ill-health as a result of your public cruelty towards me; my doctor and solicitors will be arriving shortly to address this crisis which I have had forced upon me),

The Rev. Dr. David C. Terry
Webb House
Hillborough, NC

Deborah Wilkins November 28, 2013 - 3:24 pm

Perhaps the Reverend Doctor David C. Terry would like to make a trip to visit our home for Thanksgiving, right down the road in Durham, North Carolina. I know it is not France, but my French decor and cuisine might ease his anguish in not winning the tour. I had lunch not a week ago at the Saratoga Grill – love your little town with all its history! Cheers!

david terry November 28, 2013 - 4:52 pm

Hey, Debroah….you live in Durham? Before moving here, I happily lived there for….mmmm….25 years.z (english major here…takes time to do the math). Come to the Eno Galley’s opening tomorrow night in Hillsborough.

—-david terry (just for the record, not a “Reverend”, albeit a “doctor”)

Martine Alison November 28, 2013 - 6:00 pm

Bonsoir chère amie,

Un grand bravo à la gagnante… Je me réjouis pour elle. Connaissant parfaitement bien la Normandie je sais qu’elle va vivre des moments heureux.
Gros bisous


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