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Pretty pink house with flower decked windows in Colmar Alsace


This week’s big news is that terraces reopened in France – so we can now get a coffee or a glass of wine at a café and enjoy it outside watching the world go by. And we can eat out(side). It’s a big step forward in the return to normality in France. And our draconian curfew whereby we have all been locked up from 7pm until 6am has been amended – we can now stay out until 9pm. I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to things getting even better in June when we will be able to eat inside (albeit on a limited seat basis), welcome (with a health pass which is likely to include proof of vaccination and/or negative covid test) overseas visitors (from June 9) and stay out without any curfew (end June). In anticipation, I am tentatively planning a trip to Paris in June. Though it’s only a 2 hour train ride for me, it feels monumental to consider travelling, it gives me butterflies just thinking about it!

Thank you so much to everyone who messaged me to say they are enjoying the latest magazine – one lady said that she thought it might have lowered her bloody pressure as she felt so relaxed reading it and looking at the photos (the link to the magazine is below).

Meanwhile my 8 cats (gulp, how did that happen), have decided to help me in the garden. This assistance mainly takes the form of digging where I have just dug or lying where I am trying to work and staring at me. The great French writer Jules Verne once said he believed cats “to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” I am not sure my cats got that message, with a total of 32 paws between them, their presence is conspicuously evident in the veg patch!

Wishing you a very bon weekend and, if you’re an Escape to the Chateau fan, don’t forget to enter our exclusive giveaway to win a membership to Dick & Angel’s new venture – The Salon.
Bisous from blowing a gale, rainy France,

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Janine Marsh is Author of My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream – ebook, print & audio, on Amazon everywhere & all good bookshops online, and My Four Seasons in France: A Year of the Good Life

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