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Reviews for My Good Life in France by Janine Marsh

Written by on October 3, 2017 in My French Life
Reviews for My Good Life in France by Janine Marsh

When Lesley O’Mara of Michael O’Mara publishers in London emailed me to ask if I’d be interested in having my story published, I leapt at the chance. I mean, who wouldn’t! Lesley had seen a feature on me in the Financial Times, about how I’d given up the bright lights and mean streets of London […]

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Reasons to love France No 5 | Paris

Written by on August 29, 2017 in My French Life, Paris
Reasons to love France No 5 | Paris

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”  Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast It doesn’t just stay with you, you hanker after it forever more… What makes us fall in […]

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My Good Life in France by Janine Marsh | Coming to America

Written by on August 19, 2017 in My French Life
My Good Life in France by Janine Marsh | Coming to America

An email popped into my in box from my publishers the other day “You’re going to America”… Well they didn’t mean me exactly, they meant my book is being published in print (it’s already available as an ebook), but I can tell you I am no less excited about it. When I went on a […]

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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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