3 Mar 2011
Vintage Berlin

Vintage Berlin

  Sometimes things just work out.   Like this…I am in Berlin and so is Toma Clark Haines…otherwise known as the Antiques Diva. After a couple of tweets (see tweeting can be very purposeful) we both established that we were in the same city at the same time….not something that is easy to co-ordinate for

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10 Feb 2011
Valerie

Valerie

Perhaps you remember that I wrote about my lovely French friend Valerie in my first book, MY FRENCH LIFE. A few weeks back, over lunch, I asked her if I could snap her portrait. As she turned away, laughed and said, “whatever for”. I clicked… xv

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1 Feb 2011
After Reading Comes Writing

After Reading Comes Writing

I am an accidental writer…I like that phrase, not original but borrowed from the Anne Tyler book, The Accidental Tourist.   Accidental, because I didn’t plan to write. I never imagined that I would spend many hours of my day writing and if you asked me what it is that I do I would answer

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16 Dec 2010
Heartbreaker

Heartbreaker

 I have to tell you about the cutest French film. It has everything to do with breaking hearts and falling in love. The French know all about this. Heartbreaker or L’Arnacoeur, starring the gorgeous Vanessa Paradis and the very handsome Romain Duris. I would be surprised if Heartbreaker  didn’t make you laugh and smile and feel like

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9 Dec 2010
The Christmas Lights Of St Remy De Provence

The Christmas Lights Of St Remy De Provence

Late last night, camera in hand, I took myself for a little promenade around the streets of St Rémy de Provence. This little village is lit up like a fairyland and I wanted you all to see how pretty she looks. I walked through the Grande Passage, window shopping as I went, taking note of

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21 Nov 2010
‘Different Links On The Same Chain’

‘Different Links On The Same Chain’

  I received this beautiful letter from one of my readers who lives in Bengal. We have shared a correspondence for some time now… but this one particular note touched me and gave me cause to reflect on the serendipitous nature of connection in our lives.  “Vicki, please may I share something with you –

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27 Jul 2010
Apricots, The French Way

Apricots, The French Way

. Apricots are at their best in Provence this very moment and I am finding every opportunity I can to enjoy them. Like all fruits – fresh is best – but if you feel like indulging in a little caramelised fantasy of mine… xv Apricots, The French Way wash, split and de-stone the apricots (allow

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2 Mar 2010
Shaken Not Stirred

Shaken Not Stirred

  I have had a little crush on martini tables for a while now and am collecting them whenever I have the chance…the philosophy that, ‘you can never have enough’ applies very well to these dear little tables. The French variety are made of beaten metal and finished with either a dark bronze or a

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14 Nov 2009
Do these jeans make me look fat?

Do these jeans make me look fat?

  How many times have I asked myself that question? I have just made the calculation and I figure it must be just under 2000 times. If I have been wearing jeans since my teenage years and I am still wearing them and I am still asking this question about once a week then that

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3 Sep 2009
Tomato Tart

Tomato Tart

  As summer draws to a close I want to say thank you to the humble tomato. La tomate never lets me down; she is simple, non-moody with emotions that run on an even keel and so very easy to understand. She is equally happy to make a splash on her own or sit on

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