Here in my part of France, the heat of the summer is long-forgotten as the rain has been bucketing down. Even my ducks are getting a bit fed up with it. Charlie the house hedgehog however is home and dry – literally, as he is now living in our house AKA the Hedgehog Hilton. We found him in the chicken pen a few weeks ago, he was very small and very skinny. We let him be and hoped he would grow bigger in time to hibernate. Alas a couple of days later, we nearly mowed over him as he was sitting in the grass, very disorientated. We put him in a box with some food and water and it was clear he was starving as he scoffed away. We thought we’d keep him for a couple of days to get him back on his feet, but he really was too small to put back outside. All the other hedgehogs we feed now appear to have hibernated so it seems we will have Charlie throughout the winter and we’ll rehabilitate him in the garden in spring.
Added to two now very boisterous Labrador puppies, 8 cats, and I don’t know how many chickens and a few ducks, it does occasionally feel like I’m living in a zoo!
Meanwhile I’ve been having a lot fun writing a new book. Not a memoire this time, it’s called “How to be French” – from food to fashion and everything in between. It will be published next year and I can’t wait to share it with you.
I’m also busy finishing the last bits and pieces of the winter magazine which will be published in just 2 weeks’ time. And it’s a beauty! Full of fabulous features and sumptuous photos, mouth-watering recipes and much more. If you’re not subscribed to it – please click here – subscription is free (and so is sharing it!)…
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Wishing you a bon weekend and bisous from my little zoo-like house in the middle of nowhere, northern rural 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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