My French Life

Chicken Tales | A cat among the chickens

Written by on July 23, 2017 in My French Life
Chicken Tales | A cat among the chickens

Sometimes I find more in the chicken pen than I expect. A while back I found a duckling, two hedgehogs and a cat… Ok, a duckling might not be such an unusual find. This one though was on its own, freezing cold, face down, being pecked by the chickens. Much as I love my girls, […]

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Renovating a house in France can be a never ending job

Written by on July 17, 2017 in Blog, My French Life
Renovating a house in France can be a never ending job

More than a decade after buying this old farmhouse to renovate in France, I was starting to think that at long last it may one day be finished. We (that is Mark my husband and me), were sort of feeling as if we were on the home run with just one last shed to renovate […]

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Chicken Tales | Summer lovin’ in the chicken pen

Written by on July 16, 2017 in Blog, My French Life
Chicken Tales | Summer lovin’ in the chicken pen

Summer in the Seven Valleys, Pas de Calais where I live in France is wonderful. We have plenty of blue sky days, the air is warm and heavy with the scent of lush blossom and fresh cut grass, bees buzz and lazily flit from flower to flower. Occasionally we spot a lizard sunning itself or […]

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Reasons to love France | No. 3 French People

Written by on May 25, 2017 in My French Life
Reasons to love France | No. 3 French People

When I started this weekly series, reasons to love France, I had lots of ideas in mind. I decided to share a few on Facebook and ask my friends there “what would you add to my list?” Well there were some fabulous answers and I’ll be sharing those reasons in the coming weeks. But, one […]

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Reasons to Love France No. 2 | French Cheese

Written by on May 12, 2017 in Gastronomy, My French Life
Reasons to Love France No. 2 | French Cheese

There’s something about the cheeses of France that seduces and entices all cheese lovers. It doesn’t matter that other countries produce delicious cheeses, more cheeses, different cheeses. French cheese has that certain je ne sais quoi. Why French cheese is so special Take Camembert for example, or Brie… or Reblochon, Munster, Maroilles, Comte, Roquefort – […]

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How Do French Women Stay Slim

Written by on May 8, 2017 in Gastronomy, My French Life
How Do French Women Stay Slim

French women are famous for being able to achieve and retain a slim physique. Well I can tell you, I live in France, and not all women are slim. But, statistically French women are slimmer than British and American women – so how do they do it? Is it iron will power? Is it a […]

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Mum to wild chicken chicks

Written by on May 5, 2017 in My French Life
Mum to wild chicken chicks

The Seven Valleys area in northern France is a little corner of Paradise. It’s not very well known to tourists though it deserves to be because the countryside is lush and beautiful and there are picturesque, historic towns and some wonderful restaurants. It’s unspoiled, authentic rural France at its best. It’s a region that’s peppered […]

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Reasons to Love France No. 1 | French Bread

Written by on April 30, 2017 in Gastronomy, My French Life
Reasons to Love France No. 1 | French Bread

There are thousands of reasons to love France but without a doubt, for most of us, bread is definitely up there at the top of the list! The French are a country of bread lovers and you’ll find brilliant boulangeries everywhere, in cities and towns and the smallest of villages. Often the  baker will proudly display a […]

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My Good Life in France

Written by on April 22, 2017 in My French Life
My Good Life in France

I’ve gone and written a book about my life in France! It all began on a dismal day in February when I left London with my husband to take my Dad to buy some wine in France on a day trip.  When my Mum died my Dad would drink a bit too much whisky at […]

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Gary Mullen and The Works One Night of Queen in France

Written by on January 18, 2017 in Music Events, My French Life
Gary Mullen and The Works One Night of Queen in France

It was with some excitement that I ventured out on a chilly January day to the Sceneo events venue in St Omer, northern France. It’s a lovely rural town, but I wasn’t there to enjoy the architecture, fabulous boulangeries and cosy cafés. I was there to meet a man called Gary Mullen and to have […]

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