11 Jun 2014
Travelling To Provence, How To Pack For The Summer

Travelling To Provence, How To Pack For The Summer

  Travelling to Provence and wondering how to pack for the summer? I spend half my time here and yet I still get it completely wrong sometimes.   I forget after a long, cold and oftentimes dreary winter, how hot, hot, hot Provence can be. Even now in early June. Yesterday was one of those

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26 May 2014
Lazy Holiday Monday

Lazy Holiday Monday

  The rain pours down and taps on my windowpane, reminding me that there is no hurry to jump out of bed today. It’s a long weekend, here, there and everywhere… and I am indulging in the luxury. If you are lucky enough to be in the US and feel like a little summer indulgence…

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18 Apr 2014
French Riviera White

French Riviera White

If Cannes is all about the sea then it is also about the architecture.  All white… with a faded glory… much had seen better days. Some had been renovated for the influx of wealthy tourists that hug the Cote d’ Azur in the summer months. Others retained their faded charm… relishing their age, embracing their

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17 Apr 2014
Cannes… Blue As Far As The Eye Can See

Cannes… Blue As Far As The Eye Can See

Sunday afternoon in Cannes. Misty and blue… for miles and miles. The pace was relaxed, almost soporific on La Croisette, the heart and hub of Cannes. The quiet before the storm of glamorous and famous for film and TV festivals.   There is something about the Mediterranean. And as much as I revel in the

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14 Apr 2014
Aix-En-Provence… The Sun Is Shining… Come Out To Play

Aix-En-Provence… The Sun Is Shining… Come Out To Play

Aix-en-Provence is one of the prettiest towns in Provence… bigger than a village and smaller than a city with an ambience that always pleases. I often describe Aix as a baby Paris… Aix feels like that to me. Aix-en-Provence is full of gorgeous people… shopping at the market, soaking up the sun and chatting over

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8 Apr 2014
Provence, Play Misty For Me

Provence, Play Misty For Me

Home… right before the rain… no filter… no tricks… nature’s photoshop. There is a mistiness hanging over our farm in Provence this morning. The light is perfect in one of the million different ways it can be here. I have been absent too long from this beautiful place… and returning to the abundance of spring is

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20 Mar 2014
Springtime In Provence

Springtime In Provence

Springtime in Provence is heavenly… there is no other word for it… Blossoms make me feel so happy… the promise of a new season, an awakening… There is nothing quite like these magnificent blooms.   This morning I was reading one of my favourite blogs… Manon 21… Manon has a beautiful home very close by

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27 Jan 2014
Europe I Missed You

Europe I Missed You

Are you still there? I’m home… back in drizzly, cold old London for a moment… Through my jet lag fog… heavy limbs and sluggish brain… I realise that I missed this funny old city and it’s peccadilloes more than I could ever imagine. I miss France too… but for me, emotionally they are one and

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5 Jan 2014
2013… Every Picture Tells A Story

2013… Every Picture Tells A Story

I enjoy looking back… I love reminiscing. Reminders of what has passed triggers memories and sets in place an unintentional wish list for the future. It’s surprising how much we can accomplish in 365 days, how much we can see and discover… how much we learn. Wishes for 2014? Apart from the most important… health,

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29 Dec 2013
Merry, Merry Christmas… From Provence

Merry, Merry Christmas… From Provence

2013 nearly done… Can you believe it? French Essence turned five, Le Petit Bijou welcomed it’s first guests and together we walked the streets of Paris and London… with a whole lot of chat in between. I often wonder how it is that “we” can keep on talking… How can there be so much to

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10 Oct 2013
Guess Who Is Coming To Le Petit Bijou

Guess Who Is Coming To Le Petit Bijou

It’s been an amazing week for me… The excitement of reaching 5 years of age in the blogosphere… The announcement of the giveaway… a week’s stay at Le Petit Bijou in St Remy de Provence…   I have been overwhelmed by your wonderful support, your generous comments and the many many shares… There are so

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8 Oct 2013
About Beauty

About Beauty

Funny how people come in and out of your lives and make the world a brighter place. I was thinking this morning about Lulu, ‘my’ Lulu. Those of you who have read the book French Essence may remember that I wrote of her… Lulu came to the farm in France more than ten years ago…

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3 Oct 2013
There Are So Many Reasons To Come To Provence

There Are So Many Reasons To Come To Provence

5 years of French Essence… Do you know what that means?   It means nearly 1000 posts… how could I ever say that much! And we chat… nearly 40,000 comments…   That’s not counting our conversations by email… or Facebook… or Twitter… and now, Instagram Did I mention that I adore our discussions… especially our

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