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Happy Halloween from France newsletter

Market stall in France with pumpkins on one of them painted for halloween

I missed sending you a newsletter last week as I have had my life severely disrupted by two puppies. I sadly lost my beloved dogs Churchill and Bruno within 3 days of each other a couple of weeks ago. They were rather ancient, Churchill was my first ever dog, and Bruno was a gentle giant, and I was heartbroken. The house just didn’t feel right any more without a dog. So when I came across two 5 month old Labrador puppies looking for a home – I said yes straight away. Reggie and Ronnie are bundles of energy on a level I’ve not experienced with a dog before! They have spent their whole lives locked in a barn, had never been on a lead or out for a walk, never seen grass, never slept on a bed. Everything is new and wonderful to them – especially the lady who cuddles, feeds and waters and cleans up after them – mostly because she makes a great climbing frame too (yes that’s me). You can see them on Instagram here, and of course more tales coming up – Bread Man hasn’t met them yet, but I’m sure it will be a memorable first meeting!

Meanwhile Halloween is in full swing here. One of my neighbours is really into it with lid swinging coffins in the front garden, skeletons popping up over the hedge as you walk past, smoke filled cauldrons, scary clowns, cackling witches and ghostly things hanging and quivering in the trees. It really isn’t for the faint hearted (take a peek here)! But it does remind me of one of the worst joke I know, and I can almost certainly guarantee it will make you groan: “haunted French pancakes give me the crepes”…!

A huge thank you to everyone who has read and shared the autumn issue of The Good Life France Magazine – a whopping one million readers in just 4 weeks, and if you haven’t read it yet, just click here – it’s totally free to read, subscribe and share, and it always will be.

Back next week with news about another new member of the family – Charlie the rescue hedgehog who is living in the house with us and looks set to stay for winter!

Wishing you a bon weekend and bisous from my rather bonkers little corner of France


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

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