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Bri­tish ex­pat Jac­qui Brown re­gales read­ers of ru­ral ex­ploits in Poitou-char­entes in her cosy cor­ner of the in­ter­net, the French Vil­lage Di­aries. Brown was a self-con­fessed fussy eater when she moved to France from Read­ing with her fam­ily in 2004, but she is now a gung-ho farmer, rais­ing her own chick­ens from egg to plate. She is also a keen gar­dener and en­joys grow­ing her own fruit and veg­eta­bles for cook­ing and bak­ing with. The recipe sec­tion is a real high­light of the site, full of French dishes in­clud­ing de­li­cious tar­ti­flette, galette des rois and French onion soup. An­other sta­ple of the French Vil­lage Di­aries are the book re­views and in­ter­views, where Fran­cophile au­thors in­clud­ing Kate Mosse and FRANCE Mag­a­zine’s own Carol Drinkwa­ter share their per­fect French days. A re­cent ad­di­tion is the Lazy Sun­day in France sec­tion, where Francophiles share their ideal Sun­day in the Hexagone. Whether it be chill­ing out at home with a book, rid­ing round the lo­cal lanes on a bike or go­ing to a food mar­ket to sam­ple the de­li­cious wares, it’s full of in­spi­ra­tion for a re­lax­ing week­end in the French coun­try­side. frenchvil­lage­di­

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