About Me

Life and work, Food and Flowers

Hello World!

Welcome on board my ship of “French Shabby Chic Cabane!

I’m Juli, craver of good food, cooking and wine.  And I have a beautiful daughter who lives the modern lifestyle but grew up the traditional way.

French Shabby Chic Cabane is a latitude where I expresses the scenery of happiness and existence.

On top of all things, I love Photography and therefore I ceaselessly carry my camera with me wherever I go.  I am an exotic English girl who was born in the sunniest and warmest of all places.   And it is not surprising considering my sun burnt skin.  I was brought up by birds and I am a wanderer without wings.  Even though I may be lost I try my best to notice the little things in life.

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Home in the making

These days I dwell and write about simple living of home life.  Together I log my new ventures about my online shop that will be making a come-back in March 2019.  As a result I enjoy the world of home-made crafts and the shabby chic design of my own creation.  And it is what I  had been dreaming of for a long time.   Finally I am realizing and challenging that dream.

Of top of all things crafty, shabby and chic, I enjoy cooking.  Not only that I love visiting places, but I never miss a visit to our village markets.  And this is where I pick up fruits, vegetables and fresh flowers for our home.  However decorating our home with flowers is a big part of my life and will always be.  And nothing is perfect about my home and my lifestyle, I love the imperfect.

My early days as a child

I was born bilingual speaking French and English from a young age.  As a child I grew up in a traditional home.   And together with my friends we played “hide and seek, rounders and seven stones.”  Those were the days when I ate fish and did gardening with my mum after the sun had set – an idyllic life some would say.

Surely this has inspired my story about life’s journey.  After all it is about being moved by what others may regard as small things.  Perhaps a bunch of Daisies, a clear blue sky, and some fresh picked fruits from the garden.  Furthermore it’s about passion, about growing up in a tradition where all the French tastes of my ancestors abide.   And not only that,  it was passed down from one generation to another.  Life then was about living the journey without thinking of the destination.

On the whole I had a good life.  When I was young I felt that one day I would travel to the shores of my ancestors where they did it all.  As a result I am here and I am living it.

“Que La Vie Est Belle!”

Enjoy the trip sailors!

Juli!

32 Comments

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    krcc

    October 10, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Juli! I was wondering where your Country Epoque blog had gone. I see you’ve renamed it and have continued your beautiful hobbies and photography with a new blog name! Nice renovation! It’s always fun to change themes and stuff, like changing home curtains, me thinks. Am glad to have found you again, my European pal.

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    HappyHauteHome

    July 1, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    What a beautifully written introduction to your blog Juli! I look forward to following along your journey!

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      Juli

      July 1, 2018 at 8:17 pm

      ah thank you so much. there’s lots I want to post, but slowly slowly, I am making things work, as you may know, it takes some time to get done especially a move from UK to there.

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        HappyHauteHome

        July 1, 2018 at 10:31 pm

        Gathering all the pictures is the first step 🙂

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          Juli

          July 1, 2018 at 10:51 pm

          trying to see if I have done them well, and thinking ahaha

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            HappyHauteHome

            July 2, 2018 at 12:53 pm

            Always a good idea 🙂

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    RobbyeFaye

    April 30, 2018 at 2:55 am

    Thank you so much for the invitation!
    I enjoy your blog and learning more about you and your country!
    Blessings~

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      Juli

      April 30, 2018 at 2:58 am

      You are welcome Robby. It is so nice to see that you have visited me. Hoping to making more posts soon.

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    Billy Ray Chitwood

    January 7, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Very nice blog!

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      Juli

      January 7, 2018 at 4:46 pm

      Thank you very much Billy! It was nice to get to know your blog.

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    lindamowles

    December 2, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I came across your site when I was reading a new follower of The Ruminant Scribe, my blog site. I do love your blog and the beautiful ideas you have created in arrangements, etc. The pictures are beautiful and i can only imagine how lovely it is in person. I am just now beginning to decorate and your site has inspired me to get going on the project! I pray you have a wonderful Christmas. Linda

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      Juli

      December 2, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      aaarrr, Thank you Linda, thank you very much. Welcome to blog! I am very happy that you visited me and you stumbled into my decorative ways of living at home. I love anything creative done by myself. I am always thinking of what to do next haha! The candles holders in picture are my first Christmas decor and I am thinking how I am going to do the rest. I am going to your website to read about you and what you write. once again, it’s been nice meeting with you and we will continue to communicate.

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        lindamowles

        December 5, 2017 at 6:38 pm

        This past weekend my granddaughter and I made a Christmas lantern decoration out of picture frames with a flicker candle, balls and garland in the enter. She put a lid on hers and put fairy wings on the sides of the top. We had a great deal of fun finding the materials and then hot gluing them into place. It was the first such project that I had done with her and I imagine that we will embellish on it in the future. I might have her look at your site for some decorating ideas! Blessings to you today and during this Christmas season.

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          Juli

          December 6, 2017 at 2:02 am

          awww, thank you Linda. I am so happy that you and her enjoyed doing the little projects together. Yes it is so fun doing them. You know when it comes to decoration, you can use anything that you have in the house before you just go out to spend the money. Just look around if you have an old teapot that you don’t want to use, and get it done as a flower vase, or a bowl or small plate you can use the green flower foam, and cellotape it round the plate then just make your floral arrangement. You can also purchase a roll of the cellotape at the florist if you want cause it is made for this purpose. make sure you soak the foam in water for a lil while. Also you can get some wooden old boxes at thrift stores, then keep some of the jars you purchase that have like pasta sauce, wash them and keep them after you have used your sauce. and whenever you want to make your floral arrangements, put water in them and let them sit in the wooden box and just arrange your flowers in them. there are lots of various ways you can do things and not go for a big shopping. Well thank you for following my blog. I am so glad you did. I hope you have posted them on your blog. Will go check them. Have a wonderful week. hugs from my girl and me.

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            lindamowles

            December 6, 2017 at 2:52 pm

            Great ideas! Thanks so much.

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    Emilie Drishinski

    September 28, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    I absolutely loved reading about your country! I feel my adventurous side come out when I read about you and what you like to do! Your pictures are stunning and I can’t wait to read more about your beautiful life!

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      Juli

      September 28, 2017 at 11:21 pm

      Emilie, thank you. And now, now, you are also having that beautiful life now – with lots of happiness haha you made my day and I am smiling and happy for you at the same time!

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    roughwighting

    August 23, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    So nice to find you here (thanks to Robin). Beautiful blog!

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      Juli

      August 23, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      Thank you roughwighting for stopping by, I appreciate that so much. I hope you are having a wonderful week.

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    deborahanndykeman

    July 18, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Yes, this is where I went first! I was also attracted to the lovely, bright colors of the quilt and pillows. I’m looking forward to reading more on here.

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      Juli

      July 18, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      ooh thank you Deborah. I am so happy that you found my blog. yes there are a lot more to come on the blog. So tuned in and let’s hope our blogging communications will be great together. Take care and have a wonderful week.

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        deborahanndykeman

        July 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm

        I am so looking forward to getting to know you better here!

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    da-AL

    June 7, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    really beautiful, mycountryepoque – wishing you the best on this new chapter of your life, as well as with your lovely site 🙂

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      Juli

      June 14, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      Thank you so much da-AL, and welcome to A French Note. Wishing us a good connection and we will keep sharing our thoughts. Take care.

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        da-AL

        June 14, 2017 at 11:06 pm

        😀

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    Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life.

    April 21, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks for connecting and look forward to reading your posts. best wishes Sally

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      Juli

      April 21, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      Thank you Sally, I like your blog

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        Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life.

        April 21, 2017 at 6:26 pm

        Great and have a good weekend. Sally

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          Juli

          April 21, 2017 at 6:33 pm

          And you too Sally! Enjoy the Spring before the great Summer says hello!

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    America On Coffee

    January 16, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you for visiting ‘Tower and Flights’ and for inviting me to your lovely blog. I look forward to more shares and points-of-views.. 🙂

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      Juli

      January 17, 2017 at 12:03 am

      will always visit. I did not pop round as I was busy few months before Christmas. You take care now!

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    Juli

    November 6, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Merci Karra. Comme vous avez lu, j’ai essayée de mon mieux pour détailler certains aspects de ma vie. Je suis heureuse que vous l’avez aimée. Juli

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