I hope that you simply and yours are effectively.
Autumn has formally landed right here in France, although the late summer season solar determined to make an look proper up till this week. The nights are drawing in earlier. The maize rising within the fields hereabouts is swaying within the wind after I stroll with the canines. Leaves are twirling and whirling as they uncouple themselves from the timber. And within the evenings, it’s essential to pop on a jumper because the cooler nights attract.
Final week I went native for my journey repair. I already know that I reside in some of the wonderful locations in France, the 7 Valleys within the division of Pas-de-Calais within the far north. This space has a fame for being relatively wet, however it’s by and huge not half as moist as some think about and now we have loads of dry climate too – and because the solar shone over the Opal Coast, some of the beautiful coastlines of France the place seals frolic, at occasions dramatic with cliffs seeking to their twin, the White Cliffs of Dover, and at different occasions silky-sand seashores, dotted with genuine fishing villages, Belle Epoque resorts and historic ports – I needed to pinch myself at how fortunate I’m to reside right here. Inland I visited the traditional marshes of Saint-Omer and the fantastic countryside within the north of the division. I dined at Michelin Star eating places and estaminets – cosy inn sort eating places (that is outdated Flanders nation, and the Flemish affect remains to be robust), loved a neighborhood tipple (or two!), tasted a number of the most interesting cheese ever made and checked out the regional delicacies. Sure, I do love my job! And sure, you’ll be studying all about it in The Good Life France Journal!
Talking of which, in case you missed it final week the Autumn concern is out – completely FREE right here: The Good Life France Journal Autumn 2023
I’ve had lots of people ask me if I can present it as a print journal. Nicely, I considered doing that, however with the price of ink, paper and supply feeling prefer it rises every day, I’d need to cost what I feel is a method too costly value to keep away from me going bankrupt. And I don’t need to do this. So, for now it’s digital and free, and if the financial state of affairs adjustments (appears unlikely although doesn’t it?), then I’ll completely be seeking to supply a print model.
In the meantime, I’m packing my luggage to move to Picardy! It’s the division subsequent to mine and I’ll be following in Van Gogh’s footsteps – he spent his final days in Picardy and painted a few of his most well-known works there. And I’ll study to make Chantilly cream on the Chateau de Chantilly. Plus I’ll go to a number of the much less well-known however fabulous cities in Picardy. Be at liberty to hitch me on Instagram as I’m going!
Wishing you a cheerful autumn and bon weekend from France,
Janine Marsh is Writer of My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream, My 4 Seasons in France: A Yr of the Good Life and Toujours la France: Dwelling the Dream in Rural France all out there as book, print & audio, on Amazon all over the place & all good bookshops on-line. Her new e-book Easy methods to be French – a celebration of the French life-style, is out in October 2023 – a have a look at the French lifestyle.
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