Susan Keefe

Susan Keefe is a mother, grandmother, animal lover, writer, horticulturalist, herbalist and much more, with a love of embracing new experiences and learning new things. She lives in France with her husband and various animals and love living the food life. She has written several children’s books and is a professional book reviewer.

Hosting Hapless Helpers by Karen Luff

Written by on February 26, 2018 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Hosting Hapless Helpers by Karen Luff

Now you can discover the truth about what it is like to host helpers for your projects in your own home. Karen Luff, the author, left her native UK with her husband and five-year-old son for a new life in France in 2005. The large house they fell in love with is called Le Chataignier, […]

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Paws Before Bedtime The story of Twilight: the retirement home for dogs

Written by on August 14, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews, Pets And Animals
Paws Before Bedtime The story of Twilight: the retirement home for dogs

As an animal lover, I have supported, sponsored and admired all my life the people who run animal sanctuaries, not only because of the wonderful rescues they do, giving animals who were unloved, ill-treated, abandoned or uncared for a new chance of life, but also I admire their ability to be strong enough to be […]

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Expats set up ceramics and pottery school in Normandy

Written by on April 7, 2015 in Expats in France
Expats set up ceramics and pottery school in Normandy

Deep in the Mayenne countryside is the quiet village of Saint Calais du Desert, and its hidden gem, a wonderful ceramic painting and pottery studio run by Susan Clarke and her husband Keith. Susan and her husband who were originally from Essex, bought the house and five attached barns in 2001. This beautiful part of […]

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Moulin de Go at Saint Pierre de Erve

Written by on October 9, 2014 in Expats in France
Moulin de Go at Saint Pierre de Erve

Twenty-five years ago, Mick Watson and a business partner bought five houses and an old watermill in the Pays de la Loire, France, and as the old saying goes, a lot of water has gone under the bridge since then… Eight years ago, nearly to the day of my visit, Mick moved to France permanently […]

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Nuit des Chimères Annual Light Show Le Mans

Written by on August 11, 2014 in Festivals and Carnivals, Pays de la Loire
Nuit des Chimères Annual Light Show Le Mans

The annual light show Le Mans is a spectacular sight and a great way to enjoy an evening in the town throughout the summer months. Known as the Nuit des Chimères, this free event is a must see for all visitors to Le Mans says expat in the area, Susan Keefe… Annual Light Show Le […]

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The spectacular colour of the countryside in France

Written by on June 11, 2014 in Guest Blogs
The spectacular colour of the countryside in France

In the mid year when winter is far behind, only occasionally popping back for a storm, our world has become a myriad of greens says author Susan Keefe at her home in the Pays de Loire… With their winter bareness far behind, the forests range in tones as the dark Pine trees vie with the […]

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Sarthe Saint Calais and the fete of the Chaussons aux Pommes

Written by on March 24, 2014 in Guest Blogs, Pays de la Loire
Sarthe Saint Calais and the fete of the Chaussons aux Pommes

One of the best things for expats in France is the chance to explore their adopted country and find new places to love, festivals to enjoy and learn about the local traditions and heritage. Author and expat in Le Mans Susan Keefe goes wandering with her dog Toby and discovers a beautiful town and festival […]

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Through These Doors: the Manoir at Bout L’Abbé

Written by on March 14, 2014 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Through These Doors: the Manoir at Bout L’Abbé

Those of us who love old houses will admit to standing in them, and wondering what tales the house could tell – if only it were possible. The story that Diane Condon-Boutier tells, unusually, does just that, and the property in question is the Manoir at Bout L’Abbe in Normandy, France. A majestic building like […]

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Le Mans Motor Museum

Written by on January 23, 2014 in Museums and Châteaux, Pays de la Loire
Le Mans Motor Museum

One of the most famous tourist attractions in Le Mans is the motor racing circuit, home of the famous 24-Hour race. Whatever the weather, high on the list of favourite places for visitors is the Le Mans Motor Museum (Musée Automobile des 24 Heures) which is situated adjacent to the main entrance of the track. […]

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Horse Racing France Style

Written by on October 24, 2013 in Guest Blogs
Horse Racing France Style

Life is a series of opportunities and last spring, a chance comment by a horse owning friend meant that after a 30 year gap, this year, I became the proud owner of my second horse, a black Trotter Francaise called Rasta. There are many Trotters in France, just as there are Thoroughbreds in the UK […]

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