{Guest Post: Sharon}

Bonjour les filles!!!
Please forgive me, I’m still in a French mood….
Ok! Here we are! 
This week my guest is a new blogfriend .
Please give a big welcome to Sharon from My French Country Home. I’m sure you know her but I’ve started chatting with her just lately! I adore her blog, full of beautiful images and she totally had me when she told me where she lives: Normandie. 
She has also an Etsy Store and the Blog Our French country Guest Cottage
I don’t know her very well so I asked her to tell me more about her life….
“I ‘m British born, I ‘ve lived in France for a very long time, in Nice, St Tropez, Paris and Normandy. I’m married to a wonderful Frenchman  and our four children are great, bilingual, confident with a  lot of character.  Their ages are 13,15, 17, and 19.  I believe that we are lucky to live where we are, that we have a good quality of life and that we try hard to improve it daily.  We try to teach our children the same values.
 We live in the country, we appreciate beautiful things and beauty around us but our tastes are fairly simple.  No bling bling!
I write a little, paint a little, teach a little – jack of all trades really.  I made the deliberate choice to raise our family rather than build a career.  I don’t regret that choice but I’m now reaching the point where the children need me less and I have to create more stuff for myself.  I like to keep busy, and generally have several projects happening at the same time.  Not always easy for those around me but certainly enjoyable.”
Milles Merci Sharon!!
I am so thrilled to be invited by Gaia as her guest blogger.  This is a first for me.  I have to admit to having a very soft spot for Italian blogs.  Italian girls always seem to create a fraicheur and spontaneity in their blog that you don’t find elsewhere.  Gaia’s blog is no exception.   I love her happy choice of photos, the generous way she highlights other blogs and her overall italian-ness!!
Gaia cara – grazie mille!
So, since she left me carte blanche, or should I say carta bianca, to write on any subject, I thought to tell you about the humble baguette and how it fits into daily French life.
Say ” France” to someone, the chances are they’ll think of the Eiffel Tower, good wine or a tasty baguette.  A good baguette is a vital part of the French day, the French diet, the French psychology even!
We can buy our daily bread from supermarkets, but the French prefer to take their custom to the local bakers or boulangerie.  At the supermarket the bread will be in a loose cellophane wrapping, at the bakers the boulanger will pass it across the counter to you bare handed, or possible wrap a token square of thin white paper around the middle for you to hold.
Some people prefer their bread crusty, others slightly softer, as you stand in line to buy you often hear “une baguette, pas trop cuite, ” or “bien cuite, s’il vous plait”
Our closest boulangerie, where all these photos are taken,  is just across the valley  (for the sake of my blog I am gaining a peculiar reputation taking photos around here!).  We either go there directly or buy the bread they deliver to our village shop.  We’re lucky that our nearest bakers is such a good one.  As well as a wide selection of different breads, they also make their own croissants, pain au chocolat and other more fancy cakes. 
From the outside, the bakers looks pretty modest, but inside it smells delicious, everything is fresh and the service comes with a smile.
I took this photo through the shop window, this morning they were showing off examples  of their finest cakes for the wedding season!
The baker produces hot bread and viennoiserie twice a day, morning and afternoon.  No excuse for not having fresh bread to eat.  Traditionally children stop by for their gouter after school.  
Voila!  A little calorie-loaded stick shaped taste of daily life in France, I hope you enjoyed it.
Thank you Sharon! A very Yummy french post…
  • Vediamo se oggi tutto funziona come dovrebbe....
    quante cose buone in questo post! Mmmmm tutte quelle paste!

  • yummmm.......this post looks so delicious! to think I have to make my own, because we don't have those wonderful bakers near our home!! what I would give to have one!!!!!!
    Sharon is a delight - and so are you!

  • Eh però tu non puoi postare tutte queste prelibatezze! Ti sculaccerei, non sai che acquolina mi hai fatto venire!

    Un bacino ♥


    P.S. Ho delle news su quella nostra cosina, ti scrivo in pvt!

  • Thank you Gaia for inviting me to be your guest blogger. I love your blog and I really hope that one day I'll be able to welcome you here in Normandy.


  • Yummy! ALl thos pastries are making me hungry!

  • Zaira said:

    Adoro tutto quello che ha carattere francese....fantastica la boulangerie, quante cose buone!! Merci Sharon, e anche a te Gaia!!! un abbraccio xx

  • Is that picture of Sharon's home? Truly amazing. Thanks Gaia & Sharon for a great post.
    ~ Clare x

  • Zuzu said:

    Two of my favorite blogs - together! :)
    Lovely, gorgeous post - I enjoyed it immensely! Thank you both for sharing your beautiful blogs with all of us!

  • So nice to meet Gaia's blog, and of course I love Sharon's! I enjoyed this post and getting to know more about Sharon and her fabulous French life!

    I have wonderful memories of buying baguettes in Paris! Just last month my husband was in Paris and he brought home a baguette from a wonderful bakery by his hotel. Our dinner that night was the baguette, cheese and some red grapes and of course, wine! A perfect dinner in my book!