20 Mar 2012
it’s not versailles…

it’s not versailles…

image – vicki archer I mentioned to you before Christmas that I am helping my daughter renovate her first apartment. I have to tell you that I love a renovation… especially when it is a total make-over… The sound of the saws, the drills and the hammers is music to my ears; the smell of

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13 Mar 2012
what to put in a french armoire…

what to put in a french armoire…

Are you a mover around of things or a changer of furniture? For those decor, interior and furnishing junkies amongst us… I think you get my drift… I believe you know what I am talking about… I am most definitely a lover of change… in life and at home. I find it dull if I

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9 Mar 2012
voix de femmes…

voix de femmes…

image – vicki archer I am a fan of the street poster… in particular French ones. Take this one… in Saint Rémy de Provence… advertising a festival of female singers in a nearby town… The visuals appealed and the names intrigued… I want to know more about these chanteuses… That’s what I love about wandering

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2 Mar 2012
a splash of french vermillion…

a splash of french vermillion…

A splash of red for this second day of March… No rhyme nor reason… just a glorious blast of vermillion.  I take photographs for many reasons… primarily to record events but often just for fun… like Le Voleur… This book was in the window of a second hand store in Paris… the colour and the black and

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25 Feb 2012
photographs…. the french way…

photographs…. the french way…

image – vicki archer I have made a promise to myself to arrange my photographs… in particular my travel and family shots… when I saw this album, pictured above, in the market at Aix-en-Provence I knew the time had come. The photographs I take for FRENCH ESSENCE look after of themselves as I consider the

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7 Feb 2012
parisian spring bulbs…

parisian spring bulbs…

Postcards are ready to be sent to Donna Lee, Cecile, Barb, Patti, Dianne, Jenni from Bendigo, Jane from Planet Baby, Karen T, Corrina and Shane from Roses, Lace and Brocante…Thank you every one for commenting… I will send out more postcards soon… It is such a pleasure… xv For your Parisian address book… Artisan Fleuriste

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6 Feb 2012
letters to toulon… an inspiration

letters to toulon… an inspiration

A couple of weeks back I passed a local depot vente…  a permanent flea market style shop for buying and selling all kinds of household paraphernalia… I came upon this bundle of letters in a dusty old box and promptly bought them… all for a couple of euros … I loved the handwriting and even

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24 Jan 2012
an 18th century french print for everyone…

an 18th century french print for everyone…

The French are passionate about their dogs… I think I adore my dog… I know I do… but not quite in the same way as the French. Look at the ‘baby’ in this print taking pride of place at the table and being hand fed… Can you imagine my 100kg Apache (thankfully he hasn’t gained

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20 Jan 2012
thinking about springtime in provence…

thinking about springtime in provence…

image shot in our garden – carlacoulson vicki archer  exclusively for living4media Springtime in Provence is heavenly… and it is quite possibly my favourite season. Although I do say that about every season… My friend Kit of the lovely blog Chic Provence is arranging another tour to Provence this spring… it sounds wonderful and the

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19 Jan 2012
white in the french kitchen… and ‘le trousseau’…

white in the french kitchen… and ‘le trousseau’…

my favourite pillivuyt creamer image – carla coulson vicki archer exclusively for living4media Since writing about the conversation I overheard in the French restaurant and my recipe for magret de canard I have been thinking about the French kitchen and my kitchen in particular… As I wrote my methods and cooking instructions I imagined the utensils

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18 Jan 2012
cooking the ‘just right’ magret de canard…

cooking the ‘just right’ magret de canard…

image – carla coulson and vicki archer exclusively for living4media I am not a great cook… but somehow living in France for a large part of the year has made me up my game. It has been a subtle change over the years… the love of good food so evident in France has crept up

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14 Jan 2012
the view from the top…

the view from the top…

    I didn’t know that the Matterhorn has an elevation of 4478 metres  That the word ‘matterhorn’ comes from the German words meaning ‘meadow’ and ‘peak’ That the first ascent was on July14, 1865 That the Matterhorn is the 10th highest mountain in Switzerland That the four faces of the Matterhorn face north, south,

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