No thank you for the music
But you are in France, Madame !
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1M ago
Finding the blue sky on a brisk winter's day. Holyrood PalaceSpotify CEO Daniel Ek’s comment that the “cost of creating ‘content’ is close to zero” was recently passed under my nose. On the nose, I’d suggest is more accurate. For whom exactly is the cost close to zero? Could it be that Monsieur Ek is suggesting that every minute, hour, week -nay year- that I spend as a creative ..read more
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Never give up
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2M ago
The last few weeks haven’t been easy, and a few nights ago I was super keen for an early night and a comforting distraction. Whilst I am reading an excellent book that would have taken me someplace else, I did what I often do and picked up my phone to scroll my Instagram feed.“Hai le fette di salame sugli occhi.” – (You have slices of salami on your eyes)  Well, OK, Instagram square ..read more
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Smiley with strong arms
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8M ago
Talloires under the snow'The review is in Swedish and I've made a quick attempt to find a translation without success.''Send me the link,' my husband texted, from five-thousand kilometres away.'I'd say the listener thinks that you have a nice smile and good arm muscles,' he quipped.'Ha. I'll take that,' I wrote back, chuckling to myself.It had been a couple of weeks since the audiobook version of ..read more
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Yes. Italy.
But you are in France, Madame !
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11M ago
 Yes. Italy.There, I said it. You are my witnesses. Many of you know our story: that of a young Australian family with three school-aged children who went to France for a year, stayed for much longer than that, and brought France forever more into their hearts. There, we learned to live with passion and joy - savouring moments differently; appreciating tastes and sounds more intensely; developing ..read more
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Love, fear and motherhood
But you are in France, Madame !
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11M ago
Stormy days. Stormy nights  ‘I need help,’ the text message read. We had chatted on the phone not long before and my daughter’s weary voice had clearly conveyed the pain that she was in and the effort that walking the few steps in the heat uphill to her room in Corfu would require. Signing off, she had promised that she would remain where she was until she felt that she had the necessary ..read more
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Dancing in the dining room
But you are in France, Madame !
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1y ago
We bought our French village house (Le Cormoran) the year after we returned to Australia from our family’s first French adventure - about which I wrote in ‘But you are in France, Madame.’ It was a heart decision, of that there is no doubt, based on the belief that our French journey was meant to continue. At the time, my passion was such that I brushed aside the implications of inheritance rules ..read more
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La Providence in Provence ... discover the good life
But you are in France, Madame !
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1y ago
 Nancy, it has been lovely connecting with you. Thanks for participating in my occasional series, ‘Australians in France.'Can you tell us about yourself and your French connection? I spent most of my life until now living in Australia but took a big mid-life leap last year to come and live permanently in France. In my own defence, there was some logic to the decision. For the previous few years ..read more
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Do you clean your number plates? Plus book 4 now out.
But you are in France, Madame !
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1y ago
July 14. Today is a special day. France's national day? Yes. Publication day for my latest book? Also yes. I had actually intended to have book three in my series celebrating my French-Australian life out to you a couple of weeks ago, but ... life ... including a little run in with the police and a very expensive breakdown. The flashing lights and siren were clearly meant for my husband, Alex, as ..read more
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Trusting in not knowing: Book 4 is on its way
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1y ago
“I have just published my third book.” It wasn’t bragging nor was it an attempt to impress. I was still in the emotional aftermath of putting my figurative pen down and in awe that my words had come for a third time. “Interestingly, all my books have come about because of sadness and struggle,” I continued. Woah, again. How had I not realised that before? “I hope you never write another book,” he ..read more
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Burgundian Beauty
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1y ago
Kate's home in Lucenay-l’Évêque in BurgundyKate, it has been lovely connecting with you. Thank you for participating in my occasional series, ‘Australians in France.' Can you tell us about yourself and your French connection? I really discovered France later in life. My first trip to Europe was at 41, with Paris being our first stop. It was definitely love at first sight. Since then, my husband ..read more
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