I am excited to tell you that I’m packing my bags and will be travelling to the USA in November. I have some fun events lined up and wanted to give you the dates in case you are able to come by to say hello.
Dallas – 11th & 12th November
I start my trip in Dallas, where I am honoured to be invited to speak at the Dallas Garden Club. I am very grateful to the Club for inviting me to their Fall Luncheon, and look forward to sharing pictures of my garden and telling them all about gardening and country life here in Normandy, which is a very different experience to that in Texas.
The day before the Garden Club event, so that would be the Thursday 11th November from 2-3.30pm, there will be a book signing at the St Michael’s Exchange, 5 Highland Park Village. I really hope that many of you will be able to stop by at this lovely store and say hello!
Tahilla Gatherings 13th & 14th November
From Dallas I fly north, and join my friend Jeanne Henriques for two days at Tahilla Farm in New Hampshire.
I am very excited about this event for lots of reasons. Firstly I get to see Jeanne again. Jeanne and I have been friends since our first days of blogging, and we have happy memories of those early blogging times. Her blog is Collage of Life. Jeanne has led an exciting life as an expat travelling the world, and I’ve always admired her ability to create a new home wherever she lands, be that in the UK, in Vietnam, in Hong Kong and more recently back in the USA. She is also an outstanding photographer, and definitely one to follow on Instagram here.
Before Covid, Jeanne regularly hosted rather wonderful small retreats called Tahilla Gatherings. Moments of reflection in the stunning setting of her property, surrounded by forest and meadows. I’m honoured to join her for her first event since the pandemic.
We will hold two events, on the 13th and 14th of November. You can find all the details on Jeanne’s site here and here. The theme for the first day will be a conversation about reinvention. Jeanne and I will chat about our own reinvention stories and also invite our guests to share their stories or maybe their ambitions for a next big step.
The second day will include a creative twist as I put together a tablescape using foliage foraged, on her property. We hope that the event will provide further opportunities for discussion as well as the shared pleasure of decorating a pretty table and chatting over lunch.
Pop over to Jeann’s site Collage of Life for all the details and for tickets.
Les Fleurs Andover 16th & 17th November
From Tahilla I head down to Andover, where my friend Sandra Sigman has invited me to join her for an event in support of a local charity called Uncommon Threads. You can see the details here.
Sandra and I have been friends for many years, and have hosted tours together in France. She is an outstanding florist, and with her team at Les Fleurs, produces wonderful floral displays for clients in and around Andover.
On Tuesday 16th we will host an event at the Andover Town House, this will include a meet & greet, a short presentation with slideshow of pictures of my country life here in Normandy, a conversation between Sandra and myself and then a Q&A with the audience.
You can find all the details of the event here. Sandra is tailoring the event around the theme, women supporting women. There will be gift bags, a raffle, and the event will be ticketed in aid of Uncommon Threads.
This charity works with women women in need, helping to build self-esteem through wardrobe styling services and positive development coaching. We are thrilled to be hosting this event to support such a worthy cause in the local community.
On the next day, the Wednesday 17th I will be at Sandra’s store Les Fleurs and available to sign books and meet people who weren’t able to come to the ticketed event. Sandra and I are also excited to announce a new project that we are both working on right now, watch this space!
This whole trip feels like a big adventure after the past 18 months of restricted travel. I am grateful to everyone who is helping me pull this together, and hope that it will be opportunity to meet many of our readers and clients as I move around. Please be sure to let us know if you’ll be coming!