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But you are in France, Madame !
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1w ago
Carcoar. En route to Adelaide. Note free town library"I've finished a bit early. Are you free to pick me up?""Will come as soon as I can. Just helping to prepare my invoice. I didn't anticipate being here for two hours, but I got what I came for and a bit more," my husband replied."No rush. See you when you get here."I tucked the phone in my handbag and, half closing my eyes, lifted my chin ..read more
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In need
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3M ago
The aftermath of the flood"You can take more if you'd like."I lowered my gaze and continued to stuff my new-to-me purchase and packet of day-old rolls into the plastic supermarket shopping bag that I had just been given. My soulful tone was in tune with my sincerity."That is really kind of you, but I'm OK, thank you." Donald Bradman's birthplaceTen minutes before, I had walked into the Red Cross ..read more
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Conversations from France
But you are in France, Madame !
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3M ago
I made my selection from the box labelled 'tomate ancienne 5,90 le kg.' Three only, but chosen with care and weighing in heavily at just over a kilo. Plus une aubergine. "Merci beaucoup. Bonne journée." I turned to go. "Attendez." And a huge handful of sweet smelling basil was plucked from a basket behind the market stall and tucked in beside my tomatoes.                  It was early but I had ..read more
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Belonging
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6M ago
Our village of TalloiresThe name of my blog, book and social media accounts might be misleading. After all, I am not always ... in France, Madame. But, now that I have become known as "But you are in France, Madame," I am loathe to part with this identity. I like it. And, figuratively, it is true. But, Catherine, you might remonstrate, it is a wordy title: one that is hard to remember correctly ..read more
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And now ... first review for "With bare feet and sandy toes"
But you are in France, Madame !
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7M ago
I have said on many previous occasions that connecting with people around the world has been the best part of my writing journey. Readers have (mostly!) been supportive, encouraging and generous. And, despite being competitors in one sense, authors that I have bumped into virtually or in person have been keen to share successes and eager to chat about improving our craft and untangling marketing ..read more
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Book 3 ... published
But you are in France, Madame !
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7M ago
 Alex and I were married on December 30 ... a few years back now. It is a lovely time of the year to celebrate our anniversary as we are often with friends and, if we are extra lucky, in France. There, the seasonal festivities are layered with extra cosiness as we watch the snow fall, cradle beakers of hot wine with our gloved hands at the Christmas markets, rug up properly to go on ..read more
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With bare feet and sandy toes
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8M ago
Being watched as I writeI have just sent my third book to the printers and am waiting for my author copy to be delivered. When it gets to me, I will have that moment of awe, amazement and pride, then I will proof it ... again. How do I feel? A little lost, to be honest. My days, nights, dreams and conversations have been consumed with this project. What is interesting is that, when I talk with ..read more
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Give peace a chance
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11M ago
I was sitting on the front porch drinking coffee. ‘5 Ernest Hemingway passages that every gentleman should know,’ Alex read from his phone. “Only gentlemen?” and I raised my eyebrows, already put off by the over-used, formulaic title. But I had taken the bait. See, the marketers do know their stuff. The first was a banal everyday scene set in Paris, which for some enables any prose to transcend ..read more
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It's ok, Mum. I've got this.
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1y ago
Ready for adventure. Noah, age 6, on our way to FranceOn this day, nine years ago, we put our French life on hold for what we thought would be a couple of years and flew back to Australia. My little boy was little and my three children all still at school. In a few days time that will change. The littlest, Noah, is no longer little and, like his two sisters, neither will he be living at home. I ..read more
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"You can't live in that" and straying from the best path
But you are in France, Madame !
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1y ago
My husband was away so there was no calling out for help. Not that it would have made a scrap of difference if he had been within cooee*. We were stuck in traffic with ten kilometres to go. That doesn't sound like a lot and on any normal day it wouldn't be, but it was no ordinary day. This final year of secondary school for my son Noah has required him to navigate a labyrinth of challenges and ..read more
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