Dreams really do come true, at least sometimes with just a little patience, and this is something I have had to wait for for nearly three years. But today, that dream comes true.
Well actually, two dreams came true – it’s been quite a week! We finally have a website (yes, you read that correctly), our very own space on the web; read on and you will find out all the details!
But first – there are the chickens! More hens, to be precise, but with a difference. When we first moved here we always wanted chickens, and that was the easy part to fulfil; within a couple of months we had a happy poulailler with happy hens. But then I saw a photo – I can’t even remember where – of blue eggs. At that precise moment I didn’t even know blue eggs existed, but I instantly knew I wanted some!
The other thing I always dreamed of ever since we first lived in France full-time was some form of website about our French lifestyle. I had no idea what I wanted at first, or how it would even work, I just knew that I wanted to share our life here. It started with this Blog, nearly three years ago (unbelievable to think it has been going so long already,) and then finally, today, after months of hard work, long nights staring at the computer, and far too little sleep, I am really really excited to be launching Our French Lifestyle
If you visit and like it, please bookmark it and go back and visit often! Here is the link….. www.ourfrenchlifestyle.com
I have to pinch myself to actually believe it is true. But it’s not just for me, it’s for all of us; because without you there would be no blog, and if no one read a word that I wrote or ‘listened’ to my ramblings, then there would be no point in anything. Without all the comments and encouragement, the emails and conversations, and the help from so many other fabulous bloggers, I probably wouldn’t be doing this today. So thank you to each and every one of you. But above all, the one thing I know is that I’m (well, the entire family are) still just as passionate about French life as we were the day we moved here….perhaps even more so now, and it’s time to take sharing it one step further.
Now, if you just like blogs, then don’t worry – the blog will continue just as it always has without any changes, and I will continue to post every Thursday and occasionally on Sundays.
On the new website however, you’ll find a much more eclectic choice of ‘Frenchness’ to enjoy. First, there is a shop, selling all sorts of things for an enhanced French lifestyle, or for a lifestyle that you want to be enhanced with ‘Frenchness’. We’ll be selling whatever takes our fancy, as and when we find things to sell be they antique, vintage or brand spanking new and modern. There may be other European goodies in there too that we find in France. We’ll ship worldwide and if there is anything you want but cannot see, you only have to ask and we will do our best to find it for you. Make sure you check back frequently as stock will be continuously changing and do check a few times today, it has been something of a race against time to get this up and running today and we are still adding our starting stock!
You will also find recipes, tips for entertaining and all sorts of lifestyle features which we will be adding to frequently. We have several guests lined up who will be writing for us including a nutritionist who will be giving expert advice in an informal way. And just to get the ball rolling we have a few ideas for your autumn table as our first article.
But most exciting of all we hope we might get to meet some more of you, for we’re really thrilled to start offering short luxury ‘foodie’ breaks in our guest cottage; these can be weekends or mid-week, and they will centre around learning the art of selecting, cooking and then eating our fresh local fish and shellfish. Our area is the Oyster capital of the world. They are very much tailor-made for each individual and are ideal for two people which makes it a very personal experience. Full details can be found on the website under the heading Luxury Breaks of course!
But going back to the chickens for a moment; growing up on a farm in southern England blue eggs didn’t exist when I was little, or at least certainly not amongst our farming friends. But as soon as I knew I wanted some I started to do a little research. Now if we lived in another place in another country, it might be easy, a few phone calls and a short drive and my wishes would come true. But here, in France, it is not that simple, as I found out. Special breeds do exist but not in our area, or at least none that I could find! I would have to travel quite a distance. I thought I had it sorted, we were heading to Normandy last spring to collect some Lavender Araucanas, a very long way to go and I was totally mad I know, but I was up for it and so were the children, even Roddy just shrugged and smiled, this is how desperate we had become! But the circumstances of the breeder changed and she stopped selling hens. Our plan to have blue eggs was in tatters once more.
But yesterday, over two years since my search began, we became the proud owners of two Araucana hens, delivered to us from a farm in the centre of France. It has taken a great many emails, a great deal of planning and a lot of belief that one day this would happen. Now I am not counting my chickens before they hatch, excuse the pun, we don’t have blue eggs yet, for we have to wait another two months or so until they start laying; these are young girls and we must continue to be patient, but when they do lay you will be the first to hear about it!!
On top of all of this excitement I also want to say that I have literally been blown away by the wonderful comments and stories so many of you have shared on my last post about the War and Armistice Day. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for writing so much; I have read and reread all the comments several times and they have brought tears to my eyes as I know they have to several of you too. What a fabulous community we are.
I will leave you now because today is Hetty’s birthday and I have a cake to bake! Please go and have a browse around Our French Lifestyle, (book yourself a weekend break and treat yourself to some French goodies for your home!) and come back and tell me what you think; I would really welcome any ideas you may have, any advice and your thoughts. Because above all, lets build this together.