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Bonjour

I hope you’ve had a good week – I’ve certainly had a packed week!

Imagine my surprise, when, I was sitting having my morning cup of tea in the kitchen and, I looked up and saw Rocky the rescue duck who refuses to stay in the pen, making her way to the back door followed by 9 ducklings. I had no idea she was even sitting on eggs! So, having promised myself no more animals, I now find that I have a rather eye-watering 80 animals in total. With 3 geese, 2 chickens, and 7 ducks currently nesting, I am turning into a regular Dr Doolittle! Actually I should be Dr Doolot since I have a lot of feeding and cleaning to do these days.

After several days of glorious sunshine, torrential rain decided to arrive shortly after the ducklings so I had to dash out the garden and round them all up into a safe pen with a cover and straw to keep them warm. Thunder rumbled, lightning streaked across the dark sky, my 3 dogs howled, my 9 cats sat under the trees and tables watching the mad human trying to re-house 9 tiny balls of squeaking yellow fluff whilst being attacked by an anxious duck. Luckily I got them all under cover just in time and mum and ducklings are doing really well!

Meanwhile work on the fence that fell down in the front garden has halted thanks to the electrics in the house going wrong and needing urgent attention. I have to tell you, life in rural France is never dull.

Whatever you have planned for the weekend, I hope you have time to enjoy the fabulous features on the website!

With best wishes,
Bon Weekend and bisous from France

Janine
Editor

Don’t miss:

Tarte Tatin! Yesterday was National Apple Pie Day and that’s a great excuse to make a delicious French Tarte Tatin, an upside-down apple pie! This recipe is from chef Daniel Galmiche, it’s easy to make and soooo delicious!

The Biggest Tea Cosy in the world: Your chance to help childrens’ charities in France and the UK as a British expat in France attempts to knit the biggest tea cosy in the world for her giant teapot tea room! If you can knit a square – you can join in the fun!

Where to see the Lavender in Provence: Top tips to see the lavender in all its glory, how to avoid the crowds and where to go…

How to fill unsold weeks in your gite: Expert advice for those with rental properties…

Mademoiselle from Armentieres: A lovely little café has opened in the town of Amentieres, northern France that honours the memories of the past…

6 Great Family Days Out in Paris: The city has so much to offer for family visits from museums to swimming pools and great parks.

City Guides: A few more in our series:  Saint-Etienne, Saint-Denis, Nice, Lyon, Bordeaux and Lille

Visit to Saint-Chinian, Languedoc Roussillon: This captivating area of France produces the most wonderful wine…

Axe Majeur – the most enormous architectural masterpiece in Paris you never heard of.

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