all things french...& a life of lovely...

bonjour mes amis.....

we are back from the gorgeous-ness that is france...

what is it about all things *french* that just makes you want to buy a crumbling house in the remote countryside...
with oodles of *character* but no running water or electricity...
& to home school your enfants with a very limited understanding of the french language??

it's an easy way to opt outa *real* life...because it just sounds soo cool...

*oui...it was a lovely life...we raised our kiddos in a cottage deep in the french countryside...with weekends in paris...aahhhh*

anyway we're not moving to france- but we were sure tempted...

i'll show you some seriously gorgeous french visions tomorrow...you'll be tempted too...

...but right now i am wading through domestic post-holiday-bliss chores & readying all who start school again soon to think about getting organised!

...so the lovliness of france will have to wait till tomorrow...

...all i can muster tonite is a huge hug sent with a parcel of heavenly-smelling-made-in-our-small-village french goodies & *miss sew & so* bits to my creative & stylish  friend across the seas...amanda

...drop in & have a tea with her..
...her words are witty & thoughtful...
...her images gorgeous...
...& she shares a small obsession with flowers with me...

...all is quiet here at last...so till more of all things french here tomorrow...
...bon nuit...


  1. you swept me away to a land far, far from here

  2. It sounds like you had the most wonderful time. And congratulations to Amanda...one of my favourites. She takes pretty fine photos as well!

  3. Lovely photos!! How i wish to one day see France!

  4. Oh it is so lovely to have you back lovely, you have been missed:) Gorgeous pics and I am so with you about moving to France, something my hubby is trying to plan with work at the moment!! YAY - cross fingers that all the sheep in France don't disappear on us (he is in sheep genetics industry). Congratulations to the very gorgeous Amanda - lucky girl!! Hope you settle back into your lovely English country life and enjoy your weekend. Hugs ~ Tina xx

  5. I think it also has a lot to do with the accent. It has a certain 'je ne sais quoi' - a bit like the Irish version. Having said that, I have never been tempted to up sticks and live in a crumbling house, sans utilities, in the middle of Ireland.

  6. Glad to see you're back... looking forward to seeing your pictures from France. I imagine they'll give me something to drool over, while I'm having my morning cup of tea! France really is an amazing place. Somewhere I totally took for advantage when it was on my doorstep, but I guess that the case a lot of the time. Lx

  7. Well I've never been to France so I really don't know. But i did homeschool my kids and it was magical even though it was against the norm. There is something about being surrounded by wee ones 24/7 clomping along the shore picking up seaweed and crabs...studying the earth and life outside of a dreary classroom...painting while eating gummy bears...yep, there is so much they get to do...so much freedom.

  8. You are right, it's
    easy to dream like that
    while on vacation....
    And then you are home,
    which is truly a good
    place to be....Always
    changed a bit by the
    experiences and the dreams!
    Glad you are home safe
    and sound with such lovely
    memories in your pocket.
    xx Suzanne
    PS: Congrats to Amanda!
    One of my best friends
    lives in NZ, so it will
    be fun to read her blog : )

  9. a crumbling house in the remote French countryside? Yes, please. Sign me up!

    That first picture is simply gorgeous. And the one in front of the blue door? Is that you w/the piggies? You're adorable!

  10. It is such a fond dream isn't it to buy that crumbling house and immerse oneself in the delights of all things french for a while. We must all be romantics at heart! Can't wait to see your photos. I bet they'll be wonderful. And how lucky am I that a little Miss Sew & So goodie is coming my way. This is just the nicest thing to happen after the week I've been having. So lovely to have you back in the blog world. Have missed your way with words. xx

  11. these french posts brings out an envy in me i didn't even think i could feel! mostly, the brocante picture, why oh why did i start appreciating ancient things only after moving to oz. and your husband actually sniffs out charity shops! my hubbie doesn't even stop when i gasp really really loudly in the car. but anyway, love your blog and am enjoying all your beautiful pictures.

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