mon coeur de campagne

living a simpler, rural French life

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Women! We all need to live in the woods

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No surprise to hear that research has found contact with nature is soothing, restorative and good for mental health.  The School of Public Health at the University of Washington and Nurses Healthy Study surveyed over 100,000 women finding that the women who live in greener areas have a 12% lower mortality rate than those who live in polluted environments.  Having access to green spaces where you can exercise and be active also plays an important role in having a healthy lifestyle.

We live in Le Morvan, Bourgogne in a sea of green, surrounded by forests and ancient woodland.  We enjoy the freshest air in Europe and never miss the opportunity to go for a walk even in the rain!

A walk first thing clears my head, I drink in the views, enjoy the solitude and it sets me up for the day. A quick break outside mid afternoon gives an energy boost and if I am looking for inspiration it even  helps me problem solve and come up with ideas.


A walk in the peaceful green woods, with trees towering cathedral like high above is great therapy.

The fact that a village 10 minutes away has the highest amount of people aged over 90 in the area seems to endorse the research.  One old lady celebrated her 105th birthday with a glass of champagne and a big piece of cake, putting her longevity down to eating everything and of course, the fresh air!

Nature really is the best therapy and it’s free. So never mind how big your patch of green is, get out there and enjoy it!













Parc Life in the snow

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snowy view

Living in a stone house is lovely and cool in the summer but fffffffrrrrreeeezing in the winter.  Thought we had cracked it this year with extra carpets, insulation and a wood fire cooker but…

The temperature dropped, the wood struggled to catch light and the wood fire cooker started to smoke us out of the house.  So we are back to relying on our good old Godin burner and wrapping up in layers of clothes.

Today the pipes downstairs were frozen – more insulation needed – lesson learnt!  Even the wood pile was frozen.

Well you did want to live on a hill….my friend Ange reminded me!  I know and I do love it.

I have walked the dog every day despite the cold and it’s invigorating.

The sun shone this morning and we went for a walk down at the lac.  The scenery is stunning, snow on the hills and a blue sky.

Le Morvan is beautiful even in the cold.