Do You Shinrin Yoku?

Do You Shinrin Yoku?

Some years ago I started a book club with a few English-speaking locals, who have now become great friends. We named the club The Montainville Literary Society, after the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by  Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows,...
I Do Like To Be Beside The Sea.

I Do Like To Be Beside The Sea.

Do you know anyone who does not enjoy sitting near a fountain, a river, the sea? I certainly don’t. Although my skin, if unprotected, burns within ten minutes in the summer sun, I would love to live by the seaside or failing that  near a river or lake. My husband and...
Listen While You Walk ….

Listen While You Walk ….

One of my all time favourite books is: Romancing The Ordinary by Sarah Ban Breathnach. It is a month by month celebration of simple splendour, such as the tiny drops of dew on this head of cow parsley. I recently read the chapter The Listening Walk, in which the...
O Hanami – Flower Watching.

O Hanami – Flower Watching.

It’s been rather wet and chilly, in my corner of France, near Paris, these last two weeks. While the vegetation and crops are soaking up the badly needed rain, it has also meant that the beautiful Spring blossom has disappeared. It has been battered to the...
PICK YOUR OWN TULIPS

PICK YOUR OWN TULIPS

I have the good fortune to live near two pick your own farms that grow vegetables, fruit and more importantly for me… flowers. The Ferme de Gally opened in April and the first flowers to bloom are the tulips. I love tulips, their varied and colourful flowers...

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