Tuesday, September 10, 2013

charlotte's french garden

When I started blogging I had no idea the community I would find with other bloggers. Charlotte is a perfect example of this. I don’t know how she found her way over to my tiny blog but she has been such an encouragement to me from the beginning. She is so talented and I am dieing to go visit her and see her lovely life in France. She has one of the coolest jobs translating books and has an amazing blog over at Midnight Caramel. She is giving us a sneak peak into her quaint garden today.  

Although I grew up in the beautiful French countryside, I have, since then, mainly lived in tiny city flats (in Bordeaux and Paris). Three years ago, I moved back to the country and settled in a little house (the one that I am currently living in and am about to move out from). Do you know what I missed the most while living in the city? Flowers, grass and butterflies! I didn't mind living in a narrow space. I didn't mind the fumes, the noise and the stress that city life can sometimes bring. Nope. What I DID mind was being deprived of a lovely garden.

Now, this new house didn't have a garden per say. It had ugly rocks and a shabby fence, at most. So we had to plant some grass and turn this weird and sad space into a blooming and charming garden full of colours (at least, that's how I was visualizing it). Fortunately, my boyfriend is a former gardener and has some pretty green thumbs, so my dream became a reality.

I am so proud of our garden, and so sad to leave it behind! It became our little cocoon these past few years, a place where we could breathe, relax and create. We both work from home (I'm a translator, and Arnaud manages two Etsy shops), and we often tend to work too much, some days even forgetting to get out of the house and breathe some fresh air! Taking care of the garden became one of my favourite things to do around the house. I learned so much thanks to these little plants of ours! 

When we talk about our dream house, it ALWAYS involves a huge garden full of colourful flowers, sweet scents and butterflies and, hopefully, a big vegetable patch. We'll see what the future brings, right?!



  1. Thank you so much for having me, Gina! :)

  2. I'm with you. I adore Charlotte. I want to meet her too! I LOVE these pictures. I bet your garden is amazing Charlotte. But you know what? I bet you're going to create something even more beautiful and grand at you new casita.

    1. I so agree! Can't wait to see what she comes up with next :)

    2. Thanks, you two! Unfortunately we won't have a garden in our next house since we'll be there in the winter and for only 6 months, but I can't wait for us to find our next-next house, where we will probably settle longer! :)

  3. These are so pretty! I wish I had those flowers in my garden :) Sad that you're leaving it behind but exciting prospects for your new home! :)