Happy Mother’s Day to those in the UK. Nearly every country I can think of celebrates in May, so I wonder why in Great Britain it is in March? I have lots of little things for you to mull over today. It is Sunday after all, and we are in France, a day to relax and and a day to enjoy. Here it promises to be another beautiful warm one so I shall keep this short and sweet.
The clocks have gone forward an hour, but this is coming to an end. The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly this week to abolish daylight saving time starting in 2021.
But first and foremost that simple word ‘why’. Small children ask it frequently, their most common word perhaps is ‘why’. As we get older do we ask it enough? Do we stop and enquire or do we just accept too much and question too little?
Where is your special place to just think? Mine tends to either be in the shower, which means I waste far too much hot water or at this time of year it is in the garden. Feeling the warmth of the sun, watching new life emerging all around, I find it is the most relaxing place to be and my thoughts run wild. I love to ask myself questions and search for the answer.
This week I have been thinking a lot about France. With Paris and France frequently taking the number one spot for ‘best tourist destination’ I wondered what is it that draws people here?
Is it the culture, the architecture, the food?
Or is it a culmination of everything that makes the French way of life? A lifestyle that is often revered around the world. French Country Interior Style is much written about, imitated and copied, so much so that I often think it is more apparent inside homes in other countries than in France itself!
For so many it is a dream to live here. Some make it a reality and for others it will remain just that, a desire that most likely will never be fulfilled. But there is always a solution of sorts, if you can’t go to France then France can come to you. You can Frenchify your life, take simple steps to appreciate the simple pleasures in life a little more and to slow down. Take the time to cook and enjoy your food, indulge in a glass of wine at the same time and savour the flavours and take pleasure in company. Turn off the TV and talk. Decorate in the French style, take vacations here or simply enjoy a virtual holiday courtesy of the internet.
You can adapt the French lifestyle to your own way of living. Is that a reason perhaps why people love to read blogs, is it to enhance their lives or a simple form of escapism. Or is it purely for fun. For me the rewards from this blog have undoubtedly been the new friendships. This year we are set to meet many new people who are coming to stay in our gîte and we couldn’t be more excited. It honestly gives us so much pleasure to welcome guests here, to enjoy this tiny slice of tranquility that is our little cottage in the garden.
So if this has left you wanting to add a little bit of something French to your home just for today I am giving you 50% off everything in our Etsy shop. Our aim has always been to make brocante affordable and I hope this will help a little. But remember it is only for 24 hours. https://www.etsy.com/shop/ourfrenchlifestyle.
However, that still begs the question why? If you have a moment to spare please leave a comment or send me an email, I am intrigued to know what fascinates you about France?