The Ireland of my Childhood
Small Things Like These by the Irish novelist Claire Keegan is my Book of the Year. There have been several books especially by women authors that have ‘spoken’ to me but this one hit a deep chord. I am late… Continue reading
An inspiration for Monet and his waterlilies
Here we are (Me, Michel and François to the right) at the confluence, the conflux, of the Lot and Garonne Rivers. The sound of water crashing and engaging was rather spectacular.
Three weeks ago, Michel and I crossed France to the… Continue reading
A Month of Movies, Merriment, Marseilles, and bucolic days at the Mad Old Chateau
It is hard to believe that it is only three weeks ago we were celebrating my late-April birthday. Michel took me to La Colombe d’Or in St Paul de Vence, not simply for dinner but for an overnight stay.… Continue reading
Remembering Josephine Baker
“France is Josephine” 1906-1975
This is one of the photos I took of the facade of the Panthéon, snapped while I was queuing to pay my respects to Josephine Baker. Exceptionally, during that first weekend of December, entrance was free… Continue reading
A Short Story
Dear friends, here is a short story. Please enjoy it. In these dark difficult days, I hope this story sent from the warmth of the French Riviera will bring a smile to your days.
Happy Winter and stay safe,
Carol… Continue reading
One day only
Today you can buy the Kindle edition of The Olive Farm for just 99p on Amazon.
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Newsletter August 2021
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
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
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
Saving lives in the French Alps. An Act of Love.
How do we find the stories, the ideas for our novels or how do they find us?
I am always on the lookout for ideas, for seeds that might grow like flowers into fully-realised stories. We writers are always digging… 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
Felixstowe Book Festival video
A Felixstowe Festival Zoom Chat between Carol and Rachel Sloane. This replaced the cancelled event https://www.facebook.com/FelixstoweBookFest/videos/716342118912290/
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
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
The House on the Edge of the Cliff – for 99p
Enjoying the peace and quiet at the Olive Farm
It is the last day of April. I am at my desk looking out onto more blossoms than I have ever seen here before. It is a riot of colour and a joyous expression of nature’s determination to… Continue reading
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
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