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I hope that you and yours are well.

We’re in the middle of a mini heatwave here in France – there are 7 cats snoozing in shady corners, 6 ducks dawdling, 5 chickens chilling, 4 goats gnawing, 3 donkeys dozing, 2 dogs dreaming on cushions in the courtyard and yours truly making sure they are all cool and watered! And before you go saying ‘there she goes again with the animal family, taking in even more furry friends’ – the goats and the donkeys belong to my neighbours, I am babysitting! And I also have way more chickens but that wouldn’t have worked as well!

Summer is arriving in style here, it officially starts 22 June, and with it comes The Good Life France Summer magazine! I’m delighted to share this gorgeous issue with you featuring Corsica, Antibes, Cannes, the Camargue, Arles, Aisne in Picardy, fabulous recipes and lots more… It’s been put together with heaps of passion, features some of the best writers in the travel writing world, it’s beautifully designed and full of stunning photos and yes, it is free completely – even to share!

Just click here to go straight to it: The Good Life France Magazine, summer issue 

Meanwhile, I am off to Bordeaux this week with CroisiEurope (I love their cruises!) – I’ll be learning about the wines of the region, visiting vineyards and historic towns and villages including Saint-Emilion, and the city of Bordeaux. I get home for a few days with just time to clean the chicken coops out before I head to Burgundy. I’ll be visiting Beaune, where I’ll be joining a very special event in the King’s Chamber of the famous Hospices de Beaune, flying over the vineyards and checking out the fabulous new Cité de la Gastronomie in Dijon. Come with me via Instagram where I’ll post videos and photos galore!

Wishing you a very bon weekend from a rather warm pigsty/writing den in the middle of nowhere, rural northern France.

Janine Marsh is Author of My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream  and My Four Seasons in France: A Year of the Good Life and Toujours la France: Living the Dream in Rural France (April 2022) all available as ebook, print & audio, on Amazon everywhere & all good bookshops online.

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