half a million times …. merci!

by Sharon Santoni

walking in the forest with dogs

Words fail me today,  I am not sure where to start saying thank you to everyone who has ever ‘liked’ the My French Country Home facebook page.

Today we received our 500,000 th like!

I have never bought a like, and I have never asked for a like and yet somehow half a million people have found my page.

Yesterday, as I welcomed my guests to my brocante tour, I reflected upon all the amazing experiences and encounters that this little blog has brought my way.

Your responses on facebook are a part of that, and I am truly humbled and grateful for your support and encouragement.

So because I am left speechless,-ish, I am letting my pictures do the talking, and bringing you a little video vignette below.

I wanted to show you the behind the scenes of taking pictures for the blog.  My flower bouquets are among the most popular pictures on the facebook page, so I thought you may like to see one come together.

 It’s just for fun, just to say ‘merci’ ….. I hope it makes you smile.


Sophie September 25, 2014 - 10:23 am

I do not have facebook but still read (and enjoy) your every blog entry – so consider it 500,001!
Et merci pour le chanson et video..

Sharon Santoni September 25, 2014 - 8:49 pm

Thank you Sophie 🙂

Dianne September 25, 2014 - 10:38 am

Ahhh my heart is filled with such joy like a little girl skipping on a sunny spring day in a field of Daisies….
Thanks you so Much for a wonderfully joyous site !!!1

Sharon Santoni September 25, 2014 - 8:52 pm

Thank you Dianne, so glad I made you happy


Marika Ujvari September 25, 2014 - 10:43 am

I look forward to every blog , it starts my day out happy!!!

Sharon Santoni September 25, 2014 - 8:52 pm

I am so flattered Marika, thank you


Karene September 25, 2014 - 10:45 am

Sharon, this is tres creative! I loved the accompanying music. Thank you for showing us the behind-the-scenes of your photos. I know you always said you were gathering the flowers and putting all the vases/arrangements together; but, I had wondered if you really had a team of a dozen assisting you with everything. I mean where do you store everything?? I remember being blown away by your table settings the first time I visited your site.

Well, it was so fun to see you in front of the camera, along with the dogs. 🙂 You have a wonderful blog and facebook page! Congratulations on reaching 500,000. Next stop 1 million!

Sharon Santoni September 25, 2014 - 8:56 pm

Well Karene , it may be a little over the top, but it was just meant as a piece of fun


Barbara Lilian September 25, 2014 - 10:49 am

Half a million likes… wow congratulations…fantastic for you.
I loved following you through the wooded foot path. I felt like I was walking along my own footpath opposite my home. I only wish my flowers arrangements looked like yours. I do try but maybe I ought to be a bit more adventurous and go bold. fabulous post which will certainly bring more ‘Likes’

Sharon Santoni September 25, 2014 - 8:56 pm

always be bold Barbara, its only a few flowers and you can just start again if it doesn’t work 🙂


Diana Ferguson September 25, 2014 - 10:53 am

That was delightful! And Charles Trenet is such a favourite of mine too~ a perfect accompaniment. Congratulations. I do love your posts. Diana x

Sharon Santoni September 25, 2014 - 8:57 pm

CHarles Trenet sings with such a light spirit, I just love his songs


Billie-Jo September 25, 2014 - 10:58 am

how lovely!
I’m not surprised by the number of FB “likes” you have received. The images you post are most uplifting. Inspiration in all sorts of ways.

Thank you for the little vignette – an insight into just how much you really do put into creating those breath-taking images.

Do keep it up!

Sharon Santoni September 25, 2014 - 9:09 pm

thank you Billie Jo


noreen September 25, 2014 - 11:04 am

hi Sharon, congratulations and here’s to the next 500,000th like! Just love your flower arranging style!

Sharon Santoni September 25, 2014 - 9:10 pm

thank you Noreen,


Coty September 25, 2014 - 11:17 am

Brilliant and beautiful!!! xxx

Sharon Santoni September 25, 2014 - 9:11 pm

thank you for your sweet message early this morning Coty, I was very touched


Susan September 25, 2014 - 11:18 am

Congratulations! Love the video. A cheerful way to start my day.:)

DianeD September 25, 2014 - 11:24 am

Thank you! For a wonderful way to start my day.
And congratulations!!!

Karen Abel September 25, 2014 - 11:29 am

Congratulations on your 500,000 likes…when I see your posts I want to like them many times over. Your blog is pure magic! When they arrive I put everything aside and escape into the beauty and enchantment. Enjoyed seeing you in the video. I thank you for all the joy you bring!

Robin September 25, 2014 - 11:35 am

As much as I enjoy each and every one of your blogs, this one truly did make me smile! Your talents never cease to amaze me…..it works both ways…..Merci Beaucoup ….. Thank You Very Much!

Jeannine September 25, 2014 - 11:58 am

Lovely video ! A great start to my day watching it. You have a warm heart and a genuine kind, talented person. Merci for letting us into your beautiful part of the world. You take us to place we wish we could all be!

suzanna September 25, 2014 - 12:05 pm

hi Sharon, I love your page, if I did facebook you could add 1 more! I love your page and here a lot. Love the video! mercy ~ xo

Sarah@ european farmhouse charm September 25, 2014 - 12:06 pm

We all enjoy the beauty of your french countryside-even if only for a few moments each day through your blog. That is the magic! The bonus is having met you and knowing you are a charming lovely person and the content of the blog clearly reflects that! Congratulations on all the likes :)!

Holly September 25, 2014 - 12:26 pm

Congratulations and thank you for the little vacation to your home and garden!

Christine Wirth September 25, 2014 - 1:30 pm

I felt like I was taking a walk with you….what a lovely video. Everything about it was a little vacation for the mind….(the music was perfect)! Thank you for sharing your life and world with those of us that can only dream about it. I too am not on Facebook, so really your count should be 500,002!

david terry September 25, 2014 - 1:38 pm

Dear Sharon,

Well, all quite-deserved congratulations aside?……..you should know this poem (a subtly beautiful one, I think) by Robert Frost. I hope it adequately conveys the great pleasure your work has brought to many, many folks whom, as you say, you’ve never actually met in-person.

David Terry (read below)

The Silken Tent

She is as in a field a silken tent
At midday when the sunny summer breeze
Has dried the dew and all its ropes relent,
So that in guys it gently sways at ease,
And its supporting central cedar pole,
That is its pinnacle to heavenward
And signifies the sureness of the soul,
Seems to owe naught to any single cord,
But strictly held by none, is loosely bound
By countless silken ties of love and thought
To every thing on earth the compass round,
And only by one’s going slightly taut
In the capriciousness of summer air
Is of the slightest bondage made aware.

Sharon Santoni September 25, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Hi David, thank you so much for this, I had never read this poem, it is just beautiful.

Funnily enough I read it out loud to Elizabeth, La Contessa, in the middle of Normandy today!


Patricia Cowan September 25, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Imagine this word verbalized in perfect French accent…Soopurb! The video captures the very essence of your style! Quite an achievement.

My Border Collie helps me in the garden, always. #holliebcollie

Kate Westman September 25, 2014 - 1:58 pm

A delight. Congratulations and thanks!

Mary Ellen September 25, 2014 - 1:58 pm

Brava!!!! I so love your site! And this video was wonderful. So charming. I LOVE the music as well. Thank you for introducing me to that piece. Many years of continued success! You are a blessing and a gift to us all.

Carol Parden September 25, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Your images and site bring such visual pleasure and beauty that I always look forward to starting my day with My French Country Home. You deserve all 500,000 hits.

Thank you and best.

Stephanie Guillory September 25, 2014 - 2:11 pm

Congratulations. You are an inspiration!

BEV September 25, 2014 - 2:20 pm

Sharon, this is fab! I have been receiving your blog posts for about a year. Enjoy your France and brocantes and also your creativity with the flowers and nature……….thank you!

Lynn September 25, 2014 - 2:24 pm

Beautiful! Love the flowers and the dogs!

Eileen September 25, 2014 - 2:24 pm

Thanks for brightening my day.

Heather in Arles September 25, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Hooray! Of course you don’t have to ask for likes as your content, voice and sense of beauty speak for themselves… 🙂 This is pretty amazing and yes, the video was just the essence of all the great things that you do (plus some mighty cute pups). How great to see you!

I do believe that the ever fabulous La Contessa is with you on this tour – please give her a bisous from me.


david terry September 25, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Yes…Heather…. Elizabeth is THERE, even as I pound-out this message on on My Engine of Truth….

Elizabeth, bless her heart, also seems to have written a brithday card to my now 77 year old mother in East Tennessee (whose birthday was this past Monday).

I am a big Fan of La Contessa…….as you might guess. So is my mother now….

—-david terry

david terry September 25, 2014 - 2:59 pm

OOOOH!!!! (adopting La Contessa’s epistolary style….)….

I just telephoned my now 77 year old mother (actually, I’ve talked with her every day for decades, since I work at home and can easily do so…plus, I think she’s funny, and I happen to like my parents).

She was THRILLED to receive her card from Elizabeth. she just read it to me.

thank you, Elizabeth…..quite sincerely. My mother was born and rasied (in an orphanage, actually) in East Tennessee, and she’s rarely left since then. She obviously thinks that getting a card from you was the Height of Glamour…..and, as I just told her, rightly so.

I also told her that, all kidding aside, you were a good soul.

Thank you,

David Terry

La Contessa September 25, 2014 - 6:06 pm

Thank You,David so very kind of you.

La Contessa September 25, 2014 - 6:04 pm

Wish you two were here too!!!!
Could you imagine?
David we could teach Heather to drive around in circles around this GORGEOUS Chateau!!!!
So happy you and YOUR delightful Mother are part of my FAN CLUB.
Hugs to all…..xxx

Miss Diane September 25, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Bravo madame, et bonne continuation! I do hope you understand french as you live in France…

Julia Ryan September 25, 2014 - 3:25 pm

So happy for your success! You deserve it. Your blog brings a lot of happiness to many of us. Thank you for all of the time you put into sharing your home, recipes, garden, and the beauty of your corner of the world with us.

alexandra Zimmerman September 25, 2014 - 3:27 pm

I can’t remember how I stumbled upon your site but I absolutely love it! My aunt and uncle used to own a petite chateau about 1.5 outside of Paris and I spent all my summers there growing up. I can still taste the fresh raspberries we would pick and eat. Your beautiful photos bring me right back. Thank you from the states.

Karen Breau September 25, 2014 - 3:50 pm

You have a charming blog with beautiful photos and narrative. I look forward to all your posting on Instagram as well.

Jill Sangster September 25, 2014 - 3:58 pm

It must be thrilling for you to have so many like that which you give to us. A very heartfelt, you are welcome, to your merci.

Warm regards.


Sally Leonard September 25, 2014 - 4:13 pm

Happy Day!! This post is amazing. Thank you so very much for taking us along for a walk in your woods. Having precious Gibson and Ghetto along was the “icing on the cake!”
Your arrangements are always stunning. Thanks for the peek!!

SISSY September 25, 2014 - 4:30 pm


Colleen Taylor September 25, 2014 - 4:33 pm

What a wonderous treat & I just had to view the video twice! Thank you for this. You know how much I adore your blog & it’s not a wonder everyone else does either. Merci’ & oh what a beautiful woman you are! X

vicki archer September 25, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Heavenly little video Sharon… and your floral arrangements are so wonderful I am not surprised that we all love them so… xv

Peggy Braswell September 25, 2014 - 5:00 pm

congratulations + what a wonderful video + thank you. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

Penelope September 25, 2014 - 5:00 pm

So very, very, very lovely! I enjoy your blog and I enjoy how you make us all love France just a little more with each post! Merci! The video is beautiful!

La Contessa September 25, 2014 - 6:13 pm

As for this AMAZING video…….Congratulations!!!!On the half a million LIKES and the ABILITY to create such a MaSTERPIECE!!!!
As I said, last evening Sharon I admire you so……your vision your ambition and the wonderful blog you have CREATED for ALL of us to visit.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Be prepared the tears will come as you put me in that taxi Monday!
I have had a Marvelous time!!!!!

Mary Ellen September 25, 2014 - 6:22 pm

Hi Sharon, Design and Creativity have been my career for many years. Rarely have I encountered the talent you display bringing natures beauty and architecture together in such a beautiful way. Your video was so creative and cleaver. It captured all of what you are and share with many. I admire that you have found what I would only wish to achieve. I am not at all surprised at how many people cannot wait to see what your next posts will be. We all can see the beauty of Europe through your eyes. I can truly attest that what you do appears to be easy but I know that to achieve your final picture it is a lot of work and rework to be sure you are happy with what your post will be. Hoping one day I might be able to first hand see some of the beautiful sites you have shared. The one thing that saddens me is that an ocean separates us because I would so much love to meet you and share your knowledge and enjoy your company. It is very rare to find friends to share similar work and interests with the same passion. Please continue to make so many people happy everyday! Mary Ellen

Andreana September 25, 2014 - 6:44 pm

What an nice video. I truly enjoyed it including the music. When all was put together it set the stage to take us all personally on the morning walk and your beautiful backyard. Thank you for sharing.

Lynne September 25, 2014 - 6:47 pm

Truly magnifique and so well deserved. You bring such joy into our hearts…not a day goes by where I don’t want to jump on a plane, run to your home and pitch a tent in your yard to watch the seasons go by in your ever changing garden.

Lory Bernstein September 25, 2014 - 6:51 pm

What a lovely video to represent everything that is wonderful about your site! It captures your fabulous taste, your casual French country vibe, and your embrace of technology utilized for your own delightful means. Félicitations!!

Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon September 25, 2014 - 6:59 pm

What fun Sharon.


Maria Luiza September 25, 2014 - 7:42 pm

It did made smile. A lot!
The walk in the woods with your and your lovely doggies was a delight for someone living in the city (although at home surrounded by wonderful Mata Atlântica).
And your flower arrangements always brighten my day. Thank you for all that!
Like Sophie, là haut, count 500.002, as I am not on Facebook either.
Wishing you a million times the everyday joys that you bring us with your blog and asking you, like in the song, “never, ever change”.

Vivien smith September 25, 2014 - 7:51 pm

Love it all!!! Bohn and I think of you often and loved our stay so much!!!

Bonnie Schulte September 25, 2014 - 8:35 pm

Enjoyed your video very very much. Love how you put it all together, and your dogs are
adorable. Thanks for sharing with all of us. Bonnie in central WI, where are weather is BEAUTIFUL today

suzana September 25, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Love the video, it made me smile. Thankyou for bringing some joy into others lives. x

Amanda Rush September 25, 2014 - 9:20 pm

A sincere thank you Sharon for all that you so generously share with your readers from Amanda

Darlene North September 25, 2014 - 10:30 pm

Yes Sharon it made me smile and wonderfully
happy, wish I was walking with you and your
shadows what a lovely sight I had a good time
Thank You

Kathryn September 25, 2014 - 11:30 pm

Oh how I adored this little video. Perfect music, and the hilarious dogs being nosy in and out of the scene. I didn’t realize how much work went into the pictures, such a beautiful result! Thanks for informing us about the music, I was going to ask you who it was. You deserve every Like you have acquired. I love your Blog.

Stacey Snacks September 26, 2014 - 12:16 am

Loved seeing a little glimpse of you!

Esther George September 26, 2014 - 2:21 am

Hi Sharon sorry I don’t have Facebook but I do sign in to your blog everyday, so please ad me to 500,000 +. By the way today’s blog an absolute delight, thank you for sharing beauty. Regards Esther from Sydney. PS hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Sue Malizia September 26, 2014 - 5:37 am

Your post and video showing just a glimpse of the time involved for a photo shoot was so clever, interesting, and fun…loved the music as well. I’ve always thought good things are time consuming (in some way or another) and when you love what you do, it shows. Thanks for sharing your behind the scenes point of view. 🙂

carol September 26, 2014 - 5:52 am

great video and congrats on your half millionth

denise@magnoliaveranda September 26, 2014 - 7:08 am

How lovely – wow what a lot of likes! Thank you for the little video it was perfect.

Katherine September 26, 2014 - 2:52 pm

I’m not a facebook fan – so don’t understand it all, but congratulations. I do understand there is significant importance in the numbers.
Thank you for the wonderful video. It is so charming with the boys wandering around while everything is going on. What a delight to get a glimpse of the countryside in a video.

Kay September 26, 2014 - 9:57 pm

Thank YOU!! Love your blog and your FB page.

Delaine September 27, 2014 - 1:08 am

Well, this is definitely one of my favorite posts of all time!! The video is absolutely adorable and is that really you? You, who professes to be camera shy! No need to feel that way…you look great! Thank you sooo much for this behind the scenes video and many,many congratulations on your 500,000 th! You deserve much recognition!

Maria Teresa de Bracamonte September 27, 2014 - 8:23 am

You have left me speechless…. That was so beautiful and perfect… I felt I followed you all the way, picking up the branches, leaves and flowers in the woods and back home again making that AMAZING flower arrangement and the whole dreamy set up! Lovely, lovely post, I have followed you for years and you always manage to inspire me and brighten my days. I adore that vignette! What did you do with it? You must have had a party or something, that beauty can’t go to waste! How can I go to sleep now? My eyes and mind are totally filled with those beautiful images and feelings…

Rachel September 27, 2014 - 11:56 am

What a stunning, beautiful clip!!! Thank you so much for the glimpse into your everyday life!! I look forward to these posts everyday! Absolutely exquisite.

Susan Owens September 27, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Thank you, Sharon, for the video! It was such a treat !! I so enjoy your creativity. Thanks also for including the two adorable mutts. I cannot go a day without checking your blog. I am addicted!



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