A year of blogging! When I started, I never imagined I would be writing and taking photos and posting regularly here a year later! I am quite overwhelmed by all the followers, the comments, the friends I have made. In case anyone missed my blogpost on Thursday I am giving away, not one, but two original pieces of art by Margot Rampton, my late mother in law. This is my THANK YOU to you, my personal CHRISTMAS PRESENT to you. Margot studied at The Slade School of Fine Art in London and exhibited in London, Paris and Provence. Later in life she settled in the Channel Islands where she held many local exhibitions and supported many local charities. Very rarely does her work come up for sale nowadays, but occasionally it does and an original is sold from £300 ($450) upwards. Many local Channel Island shops sell limited edition prints for £25 to £50. But my giveaways are NOT limited editions – they are ORIGINAL signed and dated pieces of art. She lived for many years in Provence, she adored France and spent a lot of time in the Charente Maritime. The two pieces are from her portfolio of French scenes, many of which hang on our walls, one measures 22″ x 16″ (56cms x 41cms) and the other 17.5″ x 14″ (45cms x 36cms).
All you have to do if you want to win one is subscribe to the blog (if you are not already subscribed) and leave a comment below and please feel free to share this post with friends and invite them to come over and follow the blog too.
So many of you have already left fabulous comments, I have read every single one, they have brought tears to my eyes, such wonderful words, I never ever realised so many people like so much of what I write. For once words fail me! So for now I urge everyone to enter and everyone to comment and in the meantime I will leave you with a photographic recap of the past year in the blogging world of Our French Oasis and my family.
And what a year it’s been; we’ve cycled around the Île de Ré, shared the excitement of the arrival of chickens and our first eggs and we’ve introduced you to the animals
we’ve cooked, visited local markets and embraced winter
we’ve toured local churches, shared our crazy family and our animals and met local artisans
we’ve welcomed the arrival of spring and the start of our vegetable garden
we’ve looked at local houses and French architecture
the excitement of the hatching of our very first chicks. We’ve visited brocantes and welcomed the care free days of summer
we’ve been on wine tours and harvested so many fruits and vegetables from the garden
we’ve loved sharing so much of the summer, eating outdoors and our wonderful Atlantic beaches
you’ve met Evie and been blackberry picking with us
we’ve toured local villages, welcomed friends from around the globe, visited châteaux and enjoyed it all rain or shine
With the arrival of autumn we’ve visited the Atlantic islands so close to us and been inundated with apples
we’ve even talked about doors and gates
it’s been an incredible first year in the blogging world. Thank you and I look forward to many more to come. Susan xxx