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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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View of Lake Tahoe from the top of Northstar, skiing in California, USA
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Skiing… but is it always fun?!

Skiing what’s not to love?, The fresh pine scented air, trees kissed with soft, white icing sugar powder. Breathtaking mountain vistas above the clouds, which literally make your heart stop. The mystical silence as you glide effortlessly down a snow …

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Celebrating Christmas, where ever you may be

Christmas is about who we are with. Celebrating together with the traditions that have become woven into our families’ celebrations. Do you, like me, think of the enchanted Christmases of your childhood, pondering upon an a world wrapped in a …

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