When Brit Janine Marsh came across a broken-down farmhouse in a sleepy little village in the Seven Valleys in northern France 10 years ago, it was love at first sight. And despite its state of utter disrepair, she and her husband Mark threw caution to the wind and bought it, spending 10 years doing it up. Eventually, Marsh gave up her high-powered job in banking in London and the couple settled into their new home in France.
This book, a follow-up to My Good Life in France, follows them through January to December and their many adventures in this rural slice of paradise. A cast of friendly, and often eccentric, neighbours, plus their various animals, all add to the charm and humour. New Year celebrations, harvest festivals, evil chickens and errant cows abound as Marsh lovingly describes the local customs and cuisine (crow paté and toasted sugar sarnies among the more peculiar examples!). An irresistible read for anyone who has ever dreamed of a new life in France.
‘My Four Seasons in France’ by Janine Marsh, published by Michael O’Mara Books
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