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Book Winner for The Best Story!


Last week, I launched a snap contest for a favourite book about living in France called My Good Life France; In Pursuit of The Rural Dream by Janine Marsh.


Janine’s first Book


Janine was my guest contributor in last week’s blog and has kindly commented to thank everyone for sending in their comments.


One could write anything they liked in the comments as long as it related to France, and they were all very entertaining.


However,  if I had to pick just one, the gift of Janine’s book goes to Rebecca Brown. 


Congrats Rebecca!


Here is the comment Rebecca left on the blog last week:

Comment from Rebecca Brown; 

“My husband and I spent our honeymoon at a farmhouse in France, near Cognac. We would be startled awake every morning with someone honking their car horn. We couldn’t understand why someone would do this every morning!”

“Well we found out on our last day!”

“There was a bakery van driver who had been told that we were staying at the farmhouse and every day he passed by to see if we would like any baguettes, croissants, pastries!”

“Oh man, if only we had known earlier and could have had freshly baked goodness every day!”


Yes, I personally would have been kicking myself!



Janine Marsh with her menagerie of farm animals — mostly rescues.


Janine Marsh


Instagram: #thegoodlifefrance


You can purchase Janine’s books on my Book Club page at:

Note: If the link takes you to the Amazon site not in your country, you can change that by clicking on the little arrow under the flag at the top right and clicking on “change country/region” at the bottom of that little box.

Keep the Comments coming …

Now that more of you are commenting on the blog — and thank you, keep going — I want to remind that you never know when I am going to launch another Snap Give-away for the best comment!




La Peetch — Julia Chid’s vacation home in Provence from 1965 to 1993


Book Giveaways from Interview about Julia Child’s Home in Provence


Thanks to all of those who registered and tuned into the LIVE Interview with the young American woman who bought Julia Child’s renowned vacation home in Provence.

What fun we had!

Makenna Held did the interview from Julia’s former kitchen preserved with the only working pegboard left in the world,  and her husband Chris took us on a tour of the property north of Cannes.


Julia’s Pegboard Kitchen preserved by new owner who rents the house as a retreat and a cooking school.


Makenna then made us an omelette à la française. 

The next morning readers were sending in their stories  and photos of making omelettes for breakfast!

We also gave away a book about Julia’s life in Provence at that vacation home called Provence 1970 to THREE lucky attendees in the interview.

The winners were  —

Susan Weiss from Oakland California 

Robin Seigerman from Toronto, Ontario 

Kel James from Gananoque, Ontario

Congrats to all!

You can purchase the book by clicking on the above link.


2021 Giveaway Draw #2 For Annual Members Only!


March Gift was Cooking Classes with



Other Giveaways have included French Perfume, French scarves, and a Surprise Paris Box full of lots of Parisian goodies.


In June, I will launching #2 of 4 annual Giveaways to my cherished members of The Virtual Adventures Club!

I am still debating what that gift will be so if you know anyone who has a lovely product that is Paris or French inspired, let me know, and please suggest it in the comments below.

The first Giveaway in March was two classes with  I am going to be following up with the winners to see how they made out.

Stay Tuned!


Footnote: There’s Always A Winner! — My blog has been recognized as one of the few in the world that supplies readers with an original article every week, along with dozens of Giveaways annually to its subscribers.

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  1. Catherine Willis-O'Connor on May 23, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Very impressive work Diana
    Keep going!

    • Diana Bishop on May 23, 2021 at 7:37 pm

      Thank you so much Twink. I appreciate your support as always. Diana

  2. Luci Rizzo on May 23, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Always love reading my Sunday morning delivery and look forward to it each week. The club is so amazing. Im building a great list of things to see and do and try in Paris and other parts of France. Ty Diana!

    • Diana Bishop on May 23, 2021 at 7:37 pm

      Thank you so so much Luci. You of course are one of most cherished readers and I am very grateful for you. I keep working hard to bring new and interesting things to the table. Best to you, Diana

  3. Dorothy Berry on May 23, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Diana….received my copy of “My French Platter” Friday. Started reading at bed time and finished it Saturday bed time. What an experience…. I felt their excitement and anxiety. Sure hope Annemarie Rawson writes another one‼️ Thank you for sharing. Now looking forward to “My Good Life in France” and “My Four Seasons in France” by Janine Marsh. Hope you will have Makenna Held back for a chat once her book is finished.

  4. Gretchen Greene O'Brien on May 23, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Just received your message … they usually arrive around 8am/Sunday! Guess my computer was napping!

  5. Juliette Wood on May 24, 2021 at 1:16 am

    Hi Diana, reading everyone’s comments makes me feel that I have missed a great session! Would you ever think of putting up recordings of the interviews to a separate “club access “ ?? I am a late riser and can hardly think of being conscious for an early am live interview out here on the west coast!! I’ve purchased access to recordings of other live events and found that a super alternative for me! It allows users the option of listening to these at their leisure.
    Thanks, Juliette

  6. Rebecca Brown on May 24, 2021 at 7:55 am

    I am so thrilled to be the winner of last week’s contest! I really enjoy the Sunday blog and the webinars have been really informative – I am dreaming of staying in that French chateau one day! Thanks Diana!

    • Diana Bishop on May 27, 2021 at 9:36 am

      I am delighted that you are the winner Rebecca, and the book is on its way to you! Best, Diana

  7. Lagatta de Montréal on May 24, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Sounds wonderful. Country people get up early. I’m a hardcore urbanite though. One of my favourite stays in France was a month in Lyon, doing historical research. By fast train, two hours to Paris, about the same to places in northwestern Italy.

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