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Bonjour to you all and a great big welcome to all our new subscribers to the weekly newsletter – it is  a pleasure to meet you.

This week in my part of northern France we’ve had hail stones, huge storms, spring-like sunny days, torrential rain and frost. This has meant my six cats have been in and out of the house like yo-yos all week and I’ve not been able to keep up with them or what they’re up to. The newest member of my animal family, Hank Marvin (he’s always starvin’) disappeared for a whole day on Thursday. This is very unusual as he is blind in one eye and very small for his age so he’s a bit nervous and tends to follow me about or sleep where he can keep an eye on me. I looked everywhere for him, wandered round the streets, up and down the garden, checked in the chicken coops where the cats sometimes cuddle up to the birds. Nothing. That night I took a torch and went out looking again in the rain and terrible gale force winds – he’s never stayed out all night since he turned up ill and wounded on my doorstep. Still nothing. Just as I was about to give up and go to bed I heard a squeak. It was coming from a drawer in the kitchen. I opened it and out sprung Hank Marvin. He’d climbed in when I was putting the tea towels away in the morning, I hadn’t noticed, shut the drawer and he slept snug as a bug in a rug all day ignoring my calls!

With best wishes

Lots of you asked for a list of books in our 12 days of Christmas (doesn’t that seem a long time ago?) Book Give away

House of Zaronza by Vanessa Couchman (won by Gary Binmore )
Mad about Macarons by Jill Colonna (won by Elaine Michel)
Death Never Sleeps and Death Logs in by E J SIMON (won by Janice Ferguson, USA)
Head Over Heels in Love by Samantha Brick (won by Asrid Link, Germany)
The Whole Fromage by Kathe Lison (won by Noelene Hemmling, Australia)
Promise of Provence by Patricia Sands (won by Deanne Quinn)
Secret Life of France by Lucy Wadham (won by  Irv Kaage USA)
The Sea Garden by Deborah Lawrenson (won by Helen Pimlott)
A fete to remember by Julia Stagg (won by Fiona Moore UK)
Daughter of Catalonia by Jane MacKenzie (won by Gill Lawrence, Australia)

Please would winners who have not contacted us to tell us their address to post their prizes to, get in touch as soon as possible. Unclaimed books go back in the draw after 31 January…

Thanks to Nikki Lindsey Forster who sent us the photo above of a lavender field in the French alps. You can share with us too and enjoy our photos on Facebook, Twitter 

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