I hope that all is well with you and yours and that you had a great Christmas.
First – an enormous thank you from me for all your support and friendship this year – I am hugely grateful that you subscribe to my newsletter and for all your messages and for your likes, comments and shares on social media. I’m truly thankful to those of you who have read my magazine and shared it with your friends and family (and made it the number one English language magazine in the world about France), and to those who have read articles on the website and shared them or taken inspiration from them. And finally if you have bought one (or all!) of my books – a heartfelt, humble and enormous thank you.
Bread Man (he delivers the bread, croissants and cakes to my village, he’s not actually made of bread!) asked me to wish you a “‘appy new year.” Claudette my 90 year old neighbour and the wisest woman in the village asked me to share some words that mean much to her. Though she doesn’t have a mobile phone or a computer, she knows that I sometimes tell you about her and how she quotes great authors whose words have meaning for a particular occasion. During the years of restrictions and curfews she often quoted Victor Hugo: “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” I think many of us took comfort from her wisdom and those words.
For the end of this year she is turning to Hugo again: “There is nothing like a dream to create the future…”
As for me, I wish you a happy, healthy and joyous new year from France as I sit writing in my little pigsty office – may all your dreams come true.
Janine Marsh is Author of My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream, My Four Seasons in France: A Year of the Good Life and Toujours la France: Living the Dream in Rural France all available as ebook, print & audio, on Amazon everywhere & all good bookshops online.
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