a summer in a french village is a perfect little life...

somedays i think about the places we should all have a chance to visit one day...
i think about the places i'd like to live...
you know...the places that pull at your heart...
the places that make you want to bake bread...
or at least watch gorgeous old french gentlemen bake bread as we did...
or raise chickens...
or grow roses & an organic vegetable garden...
or drink vine before lunch with mussels & no timetable...

it's a *blustery day* as pooh-bear would say about the weather in our english village...
i just call it bloody windy & cold!
so i am scrolling through the summer photos of france...

where the kiddos just ran in the sunshine...laughed...ate...& fell in love with france like we are...
the littlest danced her way round the village in her french ruffle skirt...

a place where time seems to stop...& let you just be...
our son played football for hours in gorgeous centuries old back lanes...

a place where modern life is forever entwined with the rustic wonderful life of long ago...
where our eldest decided she would one day become a photographer...

do you sometimes slip back to those days of a past summer...?
looking at memories of your children caught forever on film...smaller....younger...warmer?
we had a wonderful few trips abroad over the summer which ended with this family drive across england, crossing the english channel to calais....& then long into the french countryside...

so today with this *blustery* gale blowing weather in my english countryside...
i am having a wonderful big bowl of mussels in a cafe back in the french countryside...
won't you join me...?


  1. Yes please!!

    Gorgeous photos.....dreaming of summer now :)

    And yes, it is SO cold and windy.....brrrrr!! xx

  2. Dear Melissa,
    Love these photo's of the children, France can have that effect on people! Thanks for your sweet comment today, and I drink my tea virtually with you so it seems like we are chatting away. Bye for now,
    Maureen xx

  3. Wonderful pictures and memories of summer. But from stateside here, I can equally invision baking bread and sipping tea on a blustery day in an English village......Cathy

  4. those lanes, how do they radiate such beauty? those are my favorited pics from our trips to France, as well! I love this post~dreamy! hugs, Cathy

  5. I don't know if it's the blustery ole English weather, but I've been thinking of French summers all day too!
    I just adore this post, the pictures, the descriptions... Wonderful.
    Mel xx

  6. Yes, today is 'bloody windy & cold' and it's nice to dream of warmer and more interesting places! I've been holed up inside toady reading a book from beginning to end as I have my second village book club tonight and I couldn't possibly turn up without having read my first book...as it is I think they're all a bit unsure about the new Aussie member!

  7. oh my, yes please! That sounds just lovely--like a dream :) Maybe someday....: )

  8. I hope the restaurant has enough mussels left over for me !
    Looks like the perfect place for a holiday . I love French paint colours , the softer and more distressed the better . That green is beautiful against the stone .

  9. Oh dreamy photos, I coud linger looking at those all day, how very wonderful!

  10. Ah, you transport me, Miss Melissa. Every time. You have the knack, my dear. J x

  11. Ah, yes...
    thank you...
    I needed that : )
    Big WARM hugs
    to you, Melissa!
    xx Suzanne

  12. oh, your photographs capture such timeless moments...they are perfect in every way x

  13. I do the same thing. Look back longingly over old photos. I need to print them out so I can actually hold them and hug them.

  14. Love your photos... makes me want to visit France even more!! Thanks for sharing the memories xo

  15. Can barely type...I'm drooling all over my keyboard. Thank goodness the mouse is still working and i can go back and scroll over this beautiful post again:) So glad I found you! Meredy xo.

  16. i would definitely join you....one of my dreams is to one day visit france among other places. those are gorgeous photos melissa, i love the one of your boy playing football in the alley, just beautiful. have a great day friend...ten on ten is tomorrow!


  17. I have so enjoyed pouring over your blog. I'll be back to visit again. You live in a dreamy land...your pictures are just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing some of your life! :)

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