A New Look and A New Format

It’s hard to believe that this blog has been in existence for over five years now. I’ve got to meet so many new people and had so many opportunities – thanks to all of you who have taken the time to read my humble words and to leave so many wonderful comments. Thank you so so much to those of you who have followed along, emailed and joined in. It’s been an amazing journey. But now I feel it’s tme to move onto the next step of this enormous adventure. Because that is what this is, we never know what is around the corner, but I do know that I love writing with our news, I love sharing parts of our life here and I love the connection with you all.

But I want this blog to be better. I want each post to feature a mixture of things, a round up of events and so after much consideration and a lot of chatting amongst the family, I have decided to change the format and deliver instead in the form of a monthly newsletter. The only big difference for you is that you will have to resubscribe in order to follow along and you can do so here on our website, it is the first section of www.ourfrenchlifestyle.com

The newsletter will come out on the first Saturday of each month, unless something exceptional means we add an extra or during the holiday period we change the day slightly.

There will be several sections. First up a round up of what has been happening with us here in France. Think of it as a chatty letter or email to a friend, because that’s exactly how I am looking at it, I’m writing to all of you as my virtual friends.

Of course we’ll include anything interesting that has happened locally, places we have visited either here in the Charente Maritime or throughout France, things we have seen, things that we think will interest you.

We’ll continue to include the children, they’re growing up so fast and of course the dogs and cats. And maybe in the future, a couple of hens once more.

We’ll talk about the house and garden, any changes we make and plans for the future as they are integral to our life here. We’ll discuss the gîte naturally, as welcoming guests here has been one of the highlights of living in France; it is such a pleasure to meet so many fabulous people.

Each newsletter will include a seasonal recipe or two. Ideas on what we are planning to put on the menu so to speak that month and of course any tips we have for the garden that we have picked up along the way.

There will also always be a special section on Brocante, as well. Because that is one of my absolute passions and sending our special finds to new homes around the world is the best feeling; it’s even better when we get photos showing them in their new homes.

We’ll talk about properties for sale locally, village life and anything else that we think will be interesting.

I am so excited for this new way forward and to keep bringing the best of French life to you in what we honestly believe will be a far better format.

Our first newsletter will come out on Saturday 4th September. But please remember in order to receive it you have to sign up on our website here as it will be taking over from this blog.

We really hope you will sign up and follow along, the change in format is with all of you in mind to connect in what we believe will be a much better way. Of course you can always follow along on instagram to get daily photos and stories. And if you have any things you would like to see included please, please do let us know. Leave a comment or send us an email at frenchlife17@gmail.com

Merci mille fois xxx

17 thoughts on “A New Look and A New Format

  1. Brilliant! Signed up already 😊 just a quick question, is it a new gite you rent out or the one at your old house? Many thanks

  2. I’m so glad you’re not leaving us. Good luck in all that you do. I do so enjoy your photos – and text. Best wishes to all of you.

  3. I have already registered for my newsletter and look forward to receiving it, as I have always enjoyed reading your blog, seeing your photos and connecting with your life and family in France. How is Izzi doing?

  4. I am absolutely delighted to sign up to receive your new newsletter. Really looking forward to Sept 4th 👍

  5. Hi Susan & Roddy..Your new website looks very exciting..one of these days we’d love to visit..best wishes Richard &Sarah X

    Sent from my iPad


  6. Congratulations, Susan, on the blogaversary and I look forward to seeing the newsletter. I’m sad that I’ve missed my second yearly trip to France because of Covid. Not sure my s-i-l and b-i-l will still be in France next year. They may be in Norway. We’ll see. I’m hoping for one more year in France but either will still be lots of fun.


  7. Congratulations!!
    How exciting Susan, a new adventure and a wonderful idea. Bon chance, and I can’t wait to share more of your gorgeous corner of France with you.
    Bisous xox🌷🌷🌷

  8. Delighted to see your mail with a collection of all my favourite photos . . . and to read your very practical plans for all of us to keep in contact. Methinks you have taught me about your growing family and life in SW France for all the years you have been there . . . oh yes, I have already resubscribed ! Be well, be happy and it will be a monthly Saturday date to anticipate !

  9. On Sun, 22 Aug 2021 at 1:29 am, Our French Oasis wrote:

    > > > > > > > ourfrenchoasis posted: ” > > > > > It’s hard to believe that this blog has been in existence for over five > years now. I’ve got to meet so many new people and had so many > opportunities – thanks to all of you who have taken the time to read my > humble words and to leave so many wonderful” Thank you for all of the > time and effort to produce your blog, a little bit of France for us all. X > > > >

  10. Dear Susan, I think you have a brilliant plan. I have already signed up and look forward to Sept. 4 newsletter. I hope you are blissfully happy in your new residence. Lots of work to move and very exhausting. Keep us informed about your furry family.
    Thank you for all you do to entertain us…..Patty

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