and a contented new yr to you too….

After an exquisite week with the home filled with three generations combined in collectively, I am lastly sitting down and pulling collectively my ideas and concepts for this yr’s finish and hopefully a contented new yr for all of us.

Do you continue to make New Yr’s resolutions? I am sorry to say that I do not. Name it laziness, name it lack of willpower or just me being lifelike about what I’m able to sticking too!

There was a time after I would declare resolutions to “stroll each morning earlier than breakfast”, or “surrender wine” or “resign desserts” and every useless promise would final a sizzling minute. At my age it is extra dignified to be pragmatic, do not you assume?

So this can be a resolution-free zone, however I do no less than love to make use of these final days of the yr to mirror, to take inventory and to plan for the months forward.

On a private stage, and having simply spent a reasonably boisterous Christmas with the entire household, together with our first grandchild, I’m decided to see extra of everybody throughout the yr forward. I’m so blissful to see the mutual love and encouragement that abounded right here. I believe we would all agree {that a} household is not made for judgment or competitors, there’s sufficient of that elsewhere. A household is made for honesty, for help, for serving to to thrash by means of concepts and for cheering one another on when occasions get much less simple. And largely for having enjoyable collectively.

So far as my home right here goes, I’ve some thrilling tasks within the backyard for subsequent yr, and we’ll quickly be planting some new options. I’m grateful to Philippe Dubreuil for his beneficiant and well timed recommendation.

And right here at MFCH, we’re taking inventory of the yr behind us, and feeling extraordinarily lucky and grateful for our wonderful readers, subscribers, shoppers and friends. With out your enthusiasm, your customized and your help, our work right here could be pointless. Un grand merci!

The MFCH Workforce has seen some adjustments this yr. We waved farewell and Merci to Alice and Ally who’ve labored on the journal because it was launched, and we welcomed two new writers, Nicola and Maddy; in addition to Ani and Olivia.

Sarah nonetheless manages the Field and Boutique, and Natalie takes care of the journal buyer care, and in addition liaises with our tour shoppers.

I’m grateful for this small dynamic group, and searching ahead to being courageous on new adventures collectively within the yr to come back.

The MCH Journal

Our journal subscribers within the USA will hopefully discover that their copies arrive extra rapidly this yr. We’ve modified our printer to 1 with a extra centralized delivery hub, and it looks as if most of our common subscribers obtained their January problem earlier than Christmas. We even have some jaw-dropping content material for the 2023 editions, and I can not wait so that you can see the photographs.

The MCH Excursions

In 2022 we created a brand new MFCH Tour to Dordogne and in addition welcomed friends to Provence, Normandy and Paris. For 2023 we return to Provence, we go to Dordogne and we usher in a brand new tour to the Loire Valley, in addition to inviting friends to new locations in Normandy.

I’m significantly excited to have Lucy Hunter with us for 2 of our excursions in 2023, and she or he can be sharing her floral magic with me and our small group of shoppers as we keep in a chateau in Provence and in Normandy.

Photograph and flowers by Lucy Hunter

The MFCH Field & Boutique

In February our first MFCH Field of the yr can be very particular. We’ve invited photographer, writer and artist Jamie Beck to curate the February field and we will not wait to share her choice with you, together with the theme An American In Provence!

Photograph by Jamie Beck

For the approaching yr, now we have some very thrilling new manufacturers and merchandise lined up for the Packing containers but additionally for our on-line Boutique. We’ll be working common giveaways throughout the yr, and introducing our shoppers to the perfect of France.

New for 2023 – MFCH Journey

And our huge information in the beginning of the yr can be our new MFCH Journey part. We all know that not everyone seems to be in search of a gaggle tour, however that lots of people would love a hand creating their very own journeys to France, and we’re right here to assist. I will carry you all the main points in January, so watch this house.

In February 2023 I will have a good time the thirteenth birthday of My French Nation Residence. MFCH can be a young person! It began out as a easy weblog, churned out on a steam-driven pc, and I had no concept that the weblog would result in books, {a magazine}, a field and excursions. That is completely because of you!

To you our readers, our followers and our shoppers, we want you a really Comfortable New Yr, and peace and laughter within the twelve months forward. Keep protected, be properly and see you subsequent yr!