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The Lourmarin clock tower in autumn, Luberon, Provence
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Our house in Lourmarin Part 2~ when all is not so wonderful!

Don’t you ever wonder when you ask your friends how they are and they always say ‘wonderful’? Really, always wonderful, no-one’s life is wonderful all of the time, is it? I know I’m a sharer, I write a blog after …

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View through the shutters of a maison de village in Lourmarin, Provence, France
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Our house in Lourmarin, Provence

Back in March I wrote about the excitement of returning somewhere special, to Lourmarin, quoting from Daphne du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” I also mentioned that I had an appointment with a real estate agent…. …

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The Sunflower Field, a World War II novel about the Polish code breakers who first broke the Enigma code
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The Sunflower Field ~ the story of who first cracked the Enigma Code

‘The Sunflower Field,’ my debut novel, is written to honor the ‘few’, of which there were thousands, who during World War II, in words inspired by Winston Churchill, “gave so much, for so many.” In particular for three of those ‘few’, the …

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Serendipity in a connected world
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Serendipity ~ Michigan to New York to Uzes to San Francisco

My life, as an English girl living in California in love with Provence, spending time in these three special places is made easier by just how interconnected our world has become. Sometimes I feel it’s as if we live in a iridescent spiders web of …

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Frantastique, learning French online
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Wish your French was frantastique ?

I think that French is the prettiest of languages and I would so love to speak it better! Years of tedious French lessons at school, pouring over verbs and tenses, the sub-conjunctive this and past participle that, were all quite hopeless. All I’ve ever …

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Last night I dreamt, going to Lourmarin, Luberon, Provence, France
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Last night I dreamt of…… a special place

There is a line in a wonderful story I love, Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier:‘Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again’. People often dream about places which caused their emotions to become heightened, sometimes it’s not a good thing and sometimes …

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Shutters and Sunflowers new website
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Shutters and Sunflowers ~ a new site!

Welcome to the new Shutters and Sunflowers website! It should now be easier to retrieve information to help you with your own travel plans. Posts have been re-categorized to make this more simple; if you hover over the menu bar, drop downs will …

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Shutters and Sunflowers of Provence
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New shutters and fresh sunflowers for 2017!

Many of you have been asking Shutters and Sunflowers “where are you?” “why haven’t there been any posts?” Well before I explain, firstly Happy New Year! Somewhat belated, but surely it’s never too late to send good wishes? The truth …

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Noel wreath, the magic of Christmas
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The magic of Christmas…

Do you remember being a small child and the wonder and magic of Christmas? The excitement and anticipation and most of all the magic; Father Christmas and reindeer landing on snow covered roof tops, woodland creatures creating their own celebrations, …

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Celebrating four years of Shutters and Sunflowers!

It’s been four years since I started writing, Shutters and Sunflowers, when I was sharing my life in Provence. I’m still writing, mostly about travel and you’re still reading, thank you, but behind the scenes ‘blogging’ has evolved greatly. Every …

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