Tag Archives: blogs about France

Ma Vie Française #4: Janine Marsh and the Good Life

Today, I’m excited to welcome someone who not only lives in France, but also has visited every corner of it. Janine Marsh runs a phenomenally successful website, The Good Life France and edits a free ezine, The Good Life France … Continue reading

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Ma Vie Française #2: An Interview with Stephanie Dagg

  I’ve known Steph since 2010 but we have never met! Author, editor, blogger, businesswoman, and smallholder– she wears so many hats it’s difficult to keep up. She’s written a popular book, Heads Above Water, about her family’s life in … Continue reading

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Ma Vie Française #1: an Interview with Jacqui Brown

You’ve heard a lot from me over the past six years about life in rural France. So let’s hear from someone else for a change. This is the first in an occasional series, Ma Vie Française, in which people tell … Continue reading

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A Great Way to Celebrate Three Years

My blog is three years old today. It has survived the terrible twos and is now learning joined-up writing. And it has readers as far apart as Nova Scotia and Qatar. It will not have escaped your notice that today … Continue reading

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Moving to France – a Cautionary Tale

Life in France is wonderful, isn’t it? Well, up to a point. If you come with certain preconceived ideas you are bound to be disappointed. I just want to tell you a story I heard today, which underlines all the … Continue reading

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15 Years at La Lune and 15 Seconds of Fame

We moved into our house 15 years ago today. I have never lived anywhere as long as I have lived here. But it has gone in a flash. I’ll also tell you in this post about how my blog achieved … Continue reading

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Who Won the Blog Hop Book?

Just a short post today to say thank you to everyone who joined in the blog hop last Monday, organised by Steph at Blog in France . I enjoyed reading some new (to me) blogs and ‘meeting’ other bloggers and … Continue reading

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Why Living in France is Like Marriage

Keep scrolling down for my reflections on why living in France is like marriage. Today I’m taking part in an expat blog hop. What’s that, you ask? I was only dimly aware of them myself until recently, when blogging pal … Continue reading

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Awards, Awards!

In the past couple of days two people have very kindly given my blog an award (now three – see below). This has really brightened up the end of January for me, which in my opinion is the most dismal … Continue reading

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Tripbase Seven-links Blogging Challenge + a Plug for a Colleague’s Book

Blogging pal Stephanie in Creuse has kindly nominated me – among others – to carry on the torch for the seven-links blogging challenge. This is where you have to nominate seven of your own blog posts that fit particular criteria. … Continue reading

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A Change of Name

I’ve decided to change the name of my blog as of now. Formerly it was ‘A writer’s lot in France’. Henceforth it will be called ‘Life on La Lune’.  Why change? Several reasons – please read on.

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One year old today

I can’t believe that it is already a year since I started this blog. It has been a real voyage of discovery, since I barely knew what a blog was when I stumbled about trying to master WordPress. Nearly 100 … Continue reading

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French markets

  We all love going to French markets. The array of misshapen and sometimes eccentric items (and that’s just the customers); the banter between stallholders and customers; the sight of French people in pursuit of that most serious of pastimes, eating; … Continue reading

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Life in Southwest France

Welcome to La Lune, French for the moon. This is the name of the lieu-dit (locality) in southwest France where our 18th-century farmhouse is situated. We have lived here since 1997. The name almost certainly has nothing to do with the moon, but … Continue reading

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The seven ages of blogging (about France)

  My blog is 6 months old today. I am not a great cake lover, but I am a champagne girl, hence the picture. I’m sure you’ll join me in raising a glass or two. I have not yet received … Continue reading

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How to drive like the French

  If you want to be truly integrated into French society, you must learn to drive as the French do. Here is a crash (excuse the pun) course in the rules of the road to help you get started. The 2CV … Continue reading

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I meet one of my readers at Espinas

  This summer’s weekly walks at Espinas got off to a good start last Wednesday with René leading. I have written about Espinas on these pages before (click here). The picture above shows one of the local sights. The man wearing the … Continue reading

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The good guest guide

   ‘House guests are like fish; they are only good for three days.’ This often (mis)quoted aphorism, possibly a Danish proverb but certainly immortalised by Benjamin Franklin, has a certain ring of truth about it.

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Weather in southwest France: June 2010 update

Every month I post an update on how the weather has been, based on the statistics we have kept since 1998. To see the other weather posts, please click on ‘Weather’ under the Topics tab in the right-hand sidebar. So … Continue reading

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A delightful château and memorable concerts

  Sorry for the short notice, but if you like classical music and are anywhere around Gaillac in the Tarn Département on Tuesday 6th July, then book now for an oboe and harp recital at the magical Château de Mayragues, near … Continue reading

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Flaming June

‘Why is the weather so bad in SW France?’ This was the plaintive search term that someone entered into Google to land on my blog yesterday. You can sense the desperation behind it, with which I identify wholeheartedly. I wish … Continue reading

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Eat well in France – 10 top tips

Although noted for its cuisine, you don’t always eat well in France. A writer’s lot in France provides 10 top tips for enjoying a restaurant meal. Continue reading

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Virtual friends

Writers Abroad is a virtual network for expat writers and demonstrates the power of the Internet in bringing like-minded people together. Continue reading

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How to garden in France: which plants do well?

A writer’s lot in France suggests a selection of plants and shrubs that tolerate drought and frost conditions in southwest France. Continue reading

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Weather in southwest France: May 2010 update

If April 2010 was the sunniest April in southwest France in 12 years, May had the worst weather since 1998, says A writer’s lot in France. Continue reading

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How to garden in France: getting started

Gardening in southwest France is not always easy, says A writer’s lot in France, but following a few simple rules will help you create the garden you want. Continue reading

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A moo-ving experience: la fête de la transhumance

An adapted version of this post was published in Tiens! Magazine, a webzine about southwest France, in March 2011 along with some of my photos and sound clips. The small town of Aubrac in the eastern Aveyron is subject to an … Continue reading

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Websites about living in France that I like

This post lists some websites that include networks, forums and practical information about France for expats or those thinking of moving abroad. Some are specifically aimed at Brits, others are aimed at expats generally.

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A small village with a big heart in southwest France

  There’s a tiny village in this corner of southwest France called Espinas. Perched on a hilltop amid glorious rolling countryside, it appears to be the typical sleepy French hamlet as you drive through. The dog lying in the road … Continue reading

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French car boot sales – vide-greniers

French vide-greniers (car boot or garage sales) are starting up again for the summer and are a favourite family weekend outing, says A writer’s lot in France. Continue reading

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