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The French Folly Files

The French Folly Files

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June 21, 2013 by Victoria

Is it really the middle of June 2013?!?! I must apologise to any remaining readers (and to those that have long given up on me) for the lack of Folly… Read more…

Phase 3, Team 3, Year 3

July 15, 2012 by Victoria

Some folks have been kind enough to ask how our building works are coming along. Afterall, this is supposed to be a blog about our French Renovation. Fair point! Others… Read more…

Tres Jolie Jardin dans Libaros

June 23, 2012 by Victoria

English tourists when visiting France are often surprised at how nice the French maintain their gardens (front and back yards for you Americans). Perhaps the Brits assume only England is… Read more…

Temps D’été Ici Encore – Enfin!

June 17, 2012 by Victoria

  Hot, hot, hot today. Summer has made another appearance – finally! No one can deny that this year has been one of extremes when it comes to the weather…. Read more…

Going Back to the Future Past

June 13, 2012 by Victoria

Wow! You all are totally inspirational. Thanks folks for the wake-up calls, dozens of emails of “where are you Vic?” and other random messages of encouragements of “Why don’t she… Read more…

10 Signs of French Seasonal Migration Disorder

April 19, 2012 by Victoria

Batshit-crazy. It’s a well-known state of anxiety, particularly for Dixieland women like me. My mother always told me that I was exactly like my Aunt Norma. Rather flattering given that… Read more…

Return to Paradise… Rough Around the Edges, but Still Sublime

March 18, 2012 by Victoria

“Why won’t she write?”, you ask. “What a total slacker”, you say. Ouch… Harsh words, my friends. Jeez! OK, OK… you’re right on the money. Been ages, I know. Yeah… Read more…

Our 1st House-sitter Experience: Pros, Cons & How-To…

March 6, 2012 by Victoria

Would you entrust your home and precious pets to a stranger? Or even to a relative, close friend or acquaintance for long periods of time? It’s a question that plagues… Read more…

Green Acres is the Place to Be… dahling!

February 12, 2012 by Victoria

Call it fantasy. A dream. A wish upon a star. When I ditched my high-pressure career for greener pastures — namely 8 acres in SW France with a beautiful old… Read more…

Friday, the 13th: Coincidence or Bad Luck?

January 17, 2012 by Victoria

Do you have friggatriskaidekaphobia? A morbid fear of Friday, the 13th? Apparently, this fear of the number 13 landing on a Friday goes way back in western European history. The… Read more…

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