Make haste slowly….

I have just discovered another wonderful blog and website due my daily Beattie read (  He mentions  Antonia and her daughters by Marlena De Blasi – sub-titled secrets, love, friendship and family in Tuscany (from the author of A Thousand Days in Venice, Tuscan Secrets and others) -sound like my kind of books, so I did a little search on Marlena De Blasi and as luck … Continue reading Make haste slowly….

Beattie’s Blog strikes again….

Beattie keeps making me buy wonderful books either about France or set in France … now look what he has found for me:  a lovely looking book called French Ties by Jane Webster ( and she has a blog at   And then there is this historical novel set in France by Fiona McIntosh:   Not sure when I will find time to read them – maybe on the … Continue reading Beattie’s Blog strikes again….

I can’t wait ….

to be posting on my blog from France (starting in Nice) and Italy. But in the meantime I have to be content with reading about them.   A couple of nice easy reads  to set the scene are by Nicky Pellegrino, a respected author and reviewer – she has an Italian heritage but lives in New Zealand. I really enjoy her fiction stories which are coloured by her memories … Continue reading I can’t wait ….

French readings….

Just bought another newly released book on living in France by a New Zealander : My French Affair by Amanda Taylor-Ace : and today I finished a great read ” Lunch in Paris” by Elizabeth Bard – interesting comments on how French woman stay so slim! Good recipes too! This is where I would love to live – Isle-sur-la-Sorgue – beautiful! – was here 5 years … Continue reading French readings….

Thinking of France …

I am a self confessed francophile and after a lovely Easter Sunday family morning tea and easter egg hunt, I am now flicking through my list of must read books on France, as we will be in Southern France at the end of May  –  I think it helps to get a feel for a place if you read a little about it before you go – both with regard to its history … Continue reading Thinking of France …