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  • Writer's pictureShannon Elisabeth

French Countryside companion

Updated: Jun 13, 2020


My Frenchman and I were able to return home to our cottage in Burgundy one week ago. With everything that has gone down this spring, I need an escape more than ever, as I'm sure some of you do. The airplane mostly felt safe as there was hardly anyone on board, and every single person wore masks.

Years ago, while browsing through a dusty Left-Bank bookshop in Paris, I stumbled upon an old nature book from England, titled The Countryside Companion. It stirred my soul and thwarted longing. Coincidentally, my husband and I had just purchased a river house deep in the Burgundian countryside.

I decided shortly afterward to begin a blog and serve as a companion to those who also crave the sights, the scents, and the sounds of the countryside.

Instead of another "(well-heeled), American-buys-château-and-does-it-up-on-an-endless-budget story, where hired help including gardeners, cleaners, contractors, and cooks do all of the work," this is my non-bourgeoisie take on life in France.

Our house has spiders, peeling paint, and creaky floors. But it has so much potential. Our neighbors, such as Jean-Jacques, have become dear friends and characters that fill the culinary memoir that I'm writing.

Come along with me as I share recipes, artisans, quirky villages, French literature, gardens, weather reports, etiquette, and so much more.

Please reach out. I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

Recipe: I used Marte Marie Forsberg's doughnut recipe from her cookbook, The Cottage Kitchen. It's a beautiful book with excellent recipes and photographs. She has a gorgeous Instagram account that will inspire you lovers of countryside life.

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Bette Ryan
Bette Ryan
Jun 28, 2020

I recently found your lovely blog information on Victoria magazine. Thanks for a delightful rainy afternoon.💦💥.

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Maria Galletti -Basch
Jun 12, 2020

I cannot recall how I found your blog, but oh my! What a breath of fresh air. We were travelling to the Rhone this summer, as we did last, but due to the circumstances we were not able. Thank you for allowing us to peek into this special part of the world.

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Shannon Elisabeth
Shannon Elisabeth
Jun 14
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Thank you so much for reaching out! I hope you got to the Rhone, which is such good wine (Côte du Rhone). Merci, Shannon

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Christina
Christina
Jun 12, 2020

I spent my first 55 years in L.A. My sister and her husband and my cousin and her husband have retired to Prescott Valley. The world does get smaller.

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Eleanor Hunzinger
Jun 12, 2020

By the way I am a recipe collector. Kay

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Eleanor Hunzinger
Jun 12, 2020

I certainly enjoyed your first communication and look forward to more! I'm from Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

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Shannon Elisabeth
Shannon Elisabeth
Jun 14
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Merci beaucoup!

Shannon

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