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I love France, in fact I’m passionate about France and through this blog I enjoy sharing my French experiences with you: French life, French travel, cycling in France and reviewing books on a French theme.  

If you have written a book, or are a publisher of a book, that has a French connection and would like to give it a shout out here, please email me. Review copies are always gratefully received, read and reviewed. I also run a fun interview feature for authors called 'France et Moi' so if you would like to be involved, just ask.

French Village Diaries lifestyle and book review blog Living France feature
Living France feature
I have been lucky enough to have the blog appear in a few magazine articles and I write a regular five hundred word column for a local Poitou-Charentes publication The Deux Sevres Monthly.  I am always happy to help out on other features, just email me.

French Village Diaries lifestyle and book review blog Living France My French Garden
My French Garden, Living France

You can also find me over on Freewheeling France, reviewing cycle friendly accommodation and writing about our cycling adventures in the Sarthe and Ardeche.

Jacqui


11 comments:

  1. Hello. I have nominated your blog for the Illuminating Blogger Award http://kerrydwyer.net/2013/02/04/illuminating-blogger-award/

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  2. Bonjour Jaqui,

    As a possessed Francophile, I am happy to discover your site thru Mariebeth Clemente's site. I look forward to your posts.

    I have several books to suggest to you. David Downie's book
    on Paris, called Paris, Paris is one of my two absolute favorites. I also love Graham Robb's books, one on Paris and one on traveling through France by bike. For more local flavor (Dordogne region) the former US poet laureate and at one time long time resident, W.S. Merwin's stories The Lost Upland, is a real treasure.. old fashioned France, evocative and wonderful.Addtionally, his poetry describing the area is another treasure to be found in his various books, including the VIXEN.

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    1. Hi Leslee, thanks for the book suggestions, I will be checking them out.

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  3. In your July 7 page it appears that you have wood countertops in your kitchen. If this is true, please tell me if you are happy with them. We need new countertops and I love wood but Everyone is against them - especially around the sink. Do wine and cherry juice stain permanently? I prefer a natural, oil finish, not polyurethane. Thanks for any advice you can give.

    Don't know how to "select profile" so I'll use "anonymous" but my name is Jan-Leanne.

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    1. Hello Jan-Leanne, yes we do have wood worktops but not around the sink as our kitchen is a funny shape and the sink is on a wall by itself! Some things do leave marks, like cherries and wine, but with a little scrub they usually come out or at worst can be lightly sanded! We aren't bothered with the odd mark as it looks lived in and loved. Once a year we sand and then oil them, they are natural wood not polyurethane and we bought them from Ikea!

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    2. I am delighted with your response! Our cabinets are dark oak with the same grooving as yours - so I can see how ours would look white and I love it. Do you have any other pictures of your kitchen posted? I'm fairly new to your blog and going thru all your older posts is daunting but I'll do it if I have to! Many thanks for whatever further info you can give me! I have been dragging my feet on our kitchen updating, feeling rather uncertain about it. Now I am feeling so inspired.

      Best wishes - Jan- Leanne

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    3. There is a pic in this post showing more of the kitchen. If you click on the photo it will enlarge it for you. http://www.frenchvillagediaries.com/2013/01/silent-sunday.html

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    4. Thank you! It's a terrific-looking kitchen! Now i am really ready to get rid of the dark oak cabinets and let the light shine in. - Jan-Leanne

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  5. Hi Jacqui, I'll provide a free kindle for an honest book review. Or to spice things up, how would you like to review an addicting audio book?

    http://www.amazon.com/Sounds-Attack-Thomas-Edington-ebook/dp/B00EG8SYA0/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1368662623

    http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_3?asin=B00DHLLBWK&qid=1372098502&sr=1-3

    @TFerreolus

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    1. Hello Thomas, thanks for contacting me, but I'm sorry I only review books set in France. Best of luck with the book.

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