Janine Marsh

Bon weekend from snowy France!

Written by on January 28, 2019 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from snowy France!

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. We’ve had snow here in the north, including in Paris which has made the city turn into a sparkling Narnia! In the Seven Valleys where I am, we’ve had snow too, my dogs love to play about in the white powder that’s dusted the hills and paths. I’ve […]

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Escape to the Chateau | Dick and Angel talk about the good life in France

Written by on January 19, 2019 in Living in France
Escape to the Chateau | Dick and Angel talk about the good life in France

Dick Strawbridge and wife Angel Adoree relocated from the UK in 2015 to do up a run-down 5-storey chateau with 45 rooms in Mayenne, Pays de la Loire, France. “It was cheaper than a one-bedroom flat in East London” says Dick – but it needed a lot of work to transform it into the home […]

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Comps, Cote d’Azur, win a week in a cottage in Carcassonne and more…

Written by on January 19, 2019 in Newsletter from France
Comps, Cote d’Azur, win a week in a cottage in Carcassonne and more…

Bonjour, Hope you had a great week. Having said last week that winter has got distracted on its way to the Seven Valleys in northern France where I am, snow is on the way! There is an ancient farmer in the village whom everyone addresses as “Monsieur”, and he keeps a couple of old horses […]

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Indulge your passion for fabulous food in northern France

Written by on January 15, 2019 in Gastronomy
Indulge your passion for fabulous food in northern France

In 2010, UNESCO awarded French cuisine ‘World intangible heritage status’, reflecting the importance of great food in France. A nip across, or under, the English Channel to northern France reveals a wealth of gastronomic delights. From lush produce at street markets, to tasty treats at the supermarket, cheese shops, wine shops and boulangeries that smell so […]

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5 Things I wish I’d known before I renovated in France

Written by on January 14, 2019 in Renovating in France
5 Things I wish I’d known before I renovated in France

I’ve been renovating my farm house in Pas de Calais on and off for 14 years. 99% of the work has been done between myself and my husband, the only exception being when we first bought the house and hired a builder to make some sagging and enormous wooden beams safe. It was a disaster, […]

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How not to be self sufficient in France when it comes to chickens

Written by on January 14, 2019 in Guest Blogs
How not to be self sufficient in France when it comes to chickens

“They are NOT babies, they are chickens” remonstrated my French neighbour Jean-Claude. He had come to inspect the eight point of lay hens and two “babies” with which I had returned from the local street market. “I’m going to call that scrawny baby one Eaglet” I said “Non, non, non” came the emphatic response “You […]

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Bon weekend – the best newsletter from France!

Written by on January 12, 2019 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend – the best newsletter from France!

Bonjour, Hope you had a great week. Strangely the weather has been okay here. I’ve been seeing photos of snow in some parts of Europe as winter arrives, but there’s nothing like that in my bit of northern France. I keep reading that colder weather is on its way, (the Beast from the East some […]

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A most incredible art event for 2019 | Lille3000 is weird, whacky and wonderful

Written by on January 11, 2019 in Art and Artists
A most incredible art event for 2019 | Lille3000 is weird, whacky and wonderful

In 2015 I went to the Lille for the opening parade of Lille3000. I had no idea what to expect. I’d heard from friends that it was a quirky and incredible art “event” but nothing prepared me for the reality. Held every few years, Lille3000 is a huge event with what seems like a strange […]

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Discover the Chateau de Chenonceau in pictures

Written by on January 8, 2019 in Museums and Châteaux
Discover the Chateau de Chenonceau in pictures

When I was a little girl, I had an idea of what a fairy tale castle would like. It would have towers and turrets and pointy bits. My dream chateau would have grand doors and huge rooms for dancing and partying. It would be filled with flowers. And it would have the most beautiful gardens […]

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Chateau des Milandes, Dordogne

Written by on January 8, 2019 in Museums and Châteaux
Chateau des Milandes, Dordogne

A short ride from Sarlat, in the gorgeous countryside of Dordogne, you’ll find the Chateau and gardens of Milandes. It’s the former home of Josephine Baker, legendary entertainer of the early 20th century… History of Chateau des Milandes There was a fort on the site for hundreds of years in the village of Les Milandes. […]

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