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French Countryside companion

Updated: Jun 13


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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