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Newsletter From France where it’s SUMMER!

The River Loire, Blois, Loire Valley


Well it’s time to whip off your woollies and celebrate because summer has at last arrived, ushered in by lots of rain in many parts of France!

I spent the last week in the Loire Valley where, after terrible flooding just days before, the sun was out drying everything up and all was back to it’s normal beautiful self (photo above is last Thursday’s sunset over the River Loire at Blois).

I got home and found a lone duckling had hatched the day before, its mum didn’t want to know at all. He (I don’t know what it is but I call it he) was clearly very sad and lonely on his own, not eating or drinking, just sitting quietly. So I dashed to the local garden centre to see if I could get him a friend, they had no baby birds, I went to the local farm, same story. Finally one of my lovely neighbours came up trumps and gave me a 10 day old duckling, quite a bit bigger than mine. I put them in the cage together, a bit worried in case there was a fight, but the little one ran over and snuggled up, and within minutes they were grooming each other and the big one showed the little one how to eat and drink. So, two more ducks to my ever growing flock! (You can see a photo of them here in my post Summer Ducklings).

I don’t know what to call them so if you have any ideas feel free to post on my FB timeline!

And, finally, please enjoy the latest articles on the website, below.

With best wishes,
Bisous from France

Don’t miss the latest great features on the website:

Petite Guide to Provence – the departments, the prettiest towns and loads of info to help you make the most of your visit, or if you’re not able to visit, to appreciate this lovely area of France in pictures…

The dreamy rose village of Chedigny, Loire Valley – the only village in France classified a “remarkable garden” thanks to the villagers who planted thousands of rose bushes…

Rocamadour – the rocky village in the Lot that seems to sit between heaven and earth, it will leave you breathless from the climb and the views…

The oldest street in Paris – Rue Mouffetard, or “la Mouffe” as Parisians call it affectionately, is a must-see for any visitor: picturesque, historic, fabulous market, great shops and a unique atmosphere…

Treat your self to a strawberry and tomato salad like no other – this recipe from 3 Star Michel Chef Gerald Passedat is simply scrumptious (and oh so simple to make)…

Perfect French picnic – 10 typically  French foods to make a picnic a la France, anywhere! Plus an inspirational photo of how a French style picnic might look with a few easy to get props! 

Valencay – the voluptuous Chateau in the Loire – beautifully furnished, absolutely enchanting with walls that have witnessed secrets for centuries…

Anne Valerie Hash – the Paris designer who made her name by unpicking men’s suits and putting them together as women’s flirty, fun wear is exhibiting at Calais Lace Museum…

Walking the Pyrenees the easy way – if you want to experience the fabulous views, the wonderful fresh air of this beautiful part of France, here’s how to do it without too much strain…

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