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Newsletter August 2021

Hello!

I want to begin this missive with an apology for the delay in writing a Newsletter. I know, it has been several months since the last one.

Truth is, it has been a hectic summer and I have quite… Continue reading

Marseille, snapshots of a mighty city

I have recently been on an excursion to Marseille. It is a little less than two hours west of our Olive Farm in the direction towards Spain. Marseille is an ancient harbour city set right in the middle of the… Continue reading

Spring 2021

Hello!

I am writing to you from the South of France where our first waves of spring have been very contradictory. The blossoms have been simply spellbinding. Hours I have spent strolling about the land breathing in the delicate scents… Continue reading

Happy New Year

Dear Friends,

Spring is coming – it really is. We’ve had some wild days here at the Olive Farm with winds blowing and trees creaking like ghosts opening doors in old houses.

Here’s a visitor who came to cut three… Continue reading

An Act of Love

Dear Readers and Friends,

I have been waiting quite a while to send out this letter to you, waiting while we finalised the colours and the look of this cover pic for my next novel, AN ACT OF LOVE,… Continue reading

My first book as film

Someone sent this to me recently. It is the film found on Youtube, adapted from my very first novel for children, THE HAUNTED SCHOOL. It was made into an eight-part TV series which we shot in Australia. Disney bought… Continue reading

Jean Giono’s Legacy

I am frequently asked who my favourite writers are; authors I return to time and time again. One of the first who springs to mind is Jean Giono. Son of a cobbler and a laundress, he is a Provençal writer… Continue reading

June

Hello to you all,

I am writing this from our home/office up north, east of Paris. The pic above was taken at the farm last week. We’ll be back down at the farm after the weekend.

It’s mighty hot here… Continue reading

Easter

Dear friends,

I am waving a hello from the Olive Farm where we are in our fourth week of lockdown.

In spite of the horrific virus that has led us all to be isolated from one another, there are positives… Continue reading

Memoir Workshop

Last Week of May in Listowel, Kerry, Ireland. There are still a few places left on my workshop in Listowel at the end of May. We had a wonderful time last year. If you are in Ireland and fancy joining… Continue reading

The Olive Farm

Champs Elysees at midnight

It is very dark here and silent. Very early morning. I am up and at my desk before dawn. The quietude here seems a long way away from the frenzy of Christmas and holidays and shopping.… Continue reading

Autumn Equinox

The Autumn Equinox is upon us already; the year seems to have reached this point too fast, don’t you agree? Yesterday morning, I stood on the terrace looking out to sea, inhaling that wonderful sense of tranquillity I feel when… Continue reading

August in Greece and other matters

I am writing this from Kastellorizo, which is a small Greek island situated in the Eastern Mediterranean approximately two kilometres from Kas on the Lycian Coast of Turkey. We, Michel (husband) and I, are here attending a documentary film festival,… Continue reading

Wine Tasting in the South of France

I am frequently asked about good wineries to visit as a day trip from our Olive Farm in the south of France. The fact is there are dozens to suggest. So I thought it would be fun this month during… Continue reading

The Eiffel Tower celebrates 130 years

Sunrise seen from the Eiffel Tower

This year in France, our very own Iron Lady has reached her 130th birthday. Le Tour Eiffel. Receiving close to 7 million visitors a year, it is the most visited monument in the world,… Continue reading