The Good Life France Magazine




The Good Life France Magazine brings you the best of France - inspirational and exclusive features, fabulous photos, mouth-watering recipes, tips, guides, ideas and much more...


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11 months ago

Issue No. 16

Bringing you the best of France including captivating towns like sunny Montpellier, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the antiques capital of Provence, Gascony, Chateaux of the Loire Valley, Paris, Lyon, a long lost cheese story, mouth-watering recipes and a whole lot more.

What a roller coaster

What a roller coaster summer it has been here in the middle of nowhere France. My book, My Good Life in France became a best-seller on Amazon in the UK and a hot new release on Amazon in the US in August. It was a massive surprise and I am most enormously grateful to all who’ve bought my book – thank you so much and especially to all those who left me such wonderful reviews. You needn’t think any of this has gone to my head – the animals make sure of that! I had 50 ducklings born this year and I didn’t really want any of them as I have so many ducks, chickens and geese already. I was vigilant about collecting eggs from coops but, the sneaky ducks hid in the fields at the bottom of the garden and then turned up followed by a trail of babies – one of them hatched 17 eggs! I’ve managed to find new homes for most of them because I have a plan to make. For years I have dreamed of living in Paris, but with 6 cats, 3 dogs and around 50 birds, it’s not going to happen any time soon. I thought about taking them with me but they belong in the country where they can run about. I do quite like the idea of creating my own Marie-Antoinette style farm in the middle of the city of light but I’d need to win the lottery to do that. So for now, I’m aiming for a month. Four whole weeks to discover Paris up close and personal. It’s going to take quite a lot of organisation and a bit of luck but that’s my dream, and I’d love it to come true next year… so watch this space and wish me bon courage as I’m going to need it! One of the things on my plan is to finish the renovation on the house so that whoever house sits can do so with it looking good. I’ve been thwarted by a freak hailstone storm which means we need a new roof as it caused plenty of damage and put us back a few months. But we’re plodding on, rendering the walls, fitting and painting the shutters, clearing the jungle in the front and the back, getting the roof fixed. I have to say living the good life has its challenges but nothing we can’t overcome with will power and determination!