Newsletter from France

Bon weekend from me and my pumpkins in France…

Written by on September 26, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from me and my pumpkins in France…

Bonjour, I hope that you and yours are well. Here in my village, the smell of fermenting apples is filling the air. Cider making is early this year as we had such a long hot spring through summer and the apples are bigger, rosier and juicier than I can ever remember. Claudette, who you would […]

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Bon weekend from Annecy

Written by on September 12, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from Annecy

I hope that you and yours are well. I’ve been in Annecy and the Annecy Mountains for the last week or so and I have to tell you – it is gorgeous. I’ve been to amazing restaurants, stayed in fabulous hotels, climbed mountains bathed in late summer sunshine, talked to cows with bells ringing, been […]

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Hellish hail stones and cats that love fish newsletter from France

Written by on August 29, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Hellish hail stones and cats that love fish newsletter from France

I hope that you and yours are well. My big news this week is that my new book My Four Seasons in France: A Year of the Good Life, will be out in print in America on 1 September (you can find it on Amazon.com, Book Depository, Barnes & Noble and book shops everywhere). I’ve […]

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Bon weekend from super roasty toasty France

Written by on August 15, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from super roasty toasty France

Bonjour, I hope that you and yours are well. The last couple of weeks I’ve been travelling round France after an absence of almost 5 months. It feels a lot longer than that – like another lifetime. And a lot has changed in that time, though some things remain reassuringly normal. I’ve been to Paris […]

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Bon weekend from cheese and wine loving France…

Written by on August 2, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from cheese and wine loving France…

Bonjour, I truly hope you and yours are well. I’ve been taking a bit of time out, which is why you’re only hearing from me every two weeks! That doesn’t mean I’m totally relaxing though as the next magazine is in progress. It’s free to subscribe to via the current issue (here), and it’s a […]

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Bon weekend from a lavender field in France

Written by on July 18, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from a lavender field in France

Bonjour, I truly hope you and yours are well. Here we’ve had a bit of a damp week which has made my 47 (eek, what was I thinking?) cucumber plants happy. My pumpkin plant now has 38 baby pumpkins growing along its sprawling vines. And 4 new chickens have joined Reggie and Ronnie Kray’s pen […]

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Almost normal France weekly newsletter

Written by on July 4, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Almost normal France weekly newsletter

Some weeks I sit down to write to you and despite not travelling, it feels as if the days have whizzed past – and in other ways I feel like we are all living in limbo land with a long way to go until normality returns for everyone. But, this week there are a few […]

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Inspiration from France…

Written by on June 27, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Inspiration from France…

Bonjour, I truly hope you and yours are well. Last week I went out to dinner for the first time since February. Mark (my other half) and me went with our friends Gary and Annette (if you read my first book My Good Life in France, she’s the one who kept an abandoned, nearly ready […]

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Bon weekend from thundery France

Written by on June 20, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from thundery France

Bonjour, I truly hope you and yours are well. Just as we’ve officially reached summer, the weather has gone all spring-like after months of summery skies – it’s very topsy-turvy. Plump fluffy marshmallow-like clouds frivolously cavort across the sky, sometimes followed by ominous dark clouds, in between bits of deep Wedgewood blue. Meanwhile, against my […]

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Bon weekend from the “new normal” France

Written by on June 13, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from the “new normal” France

Bonjour I hope that you and yours are well. Here in France, with lock-down restrictions eased, this week I went to one of my favourite local bars for the first time in more than 3 months. It’s very hard not to kiss on the cheeks as we normally do, it’s become such a normal reaction […]

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