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...
MY FRENCH COUNTRY LIFE – JANUARY

MY FRENCH COUNTRY LIFE – JANUARY

Happy New Year and Bonne Année, mes amis. January, Janvier, comes from the Latin Janaurius, the Roman god Janus, who was the God of doors, but also appropriately for this time of year, God of beginnings and endings. I’ve never been an enthusiastic resolution...
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...
SPRING BEAUTIES

SPRING BEAUTIES

When I was a teenager, I secretly wanted to be an artist, like my mother, who went to art school in her forties. But I was not ready then, I did not have her artistic flair, so I studied languages and art history instead. My life long interest in art, both classic and...
ALL IS VANITY – VANITAS STILL LIFE

ALL IS VANITY – VANITAS STILL LIFE

And now for something completely different – gloriously dark and moody images. While on holiday in northern Italy last summer, we visited a large number of museums and art collections. Personally, I’m more drawn to contemporary and modern art, rather than...

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