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Parking and coffee – the French way

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 13th February 2012

I thought I was clued up about France, but thanks to Michael Wright and his brilliant C’est la folio column in the Daily Telegraph I’ve just discovered something new. Apparently, if you invite French guests to dinner they will always turn their car around when they arrive, ready for a neat, speedy getaway at the end of the evening. It’s a brilliant idea – and one my mother took up years ago. ...keep reading

The gut instinct that made me buy the House With No Name

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 21st December 2011

A new report says it’s far better to make decisions on gut instinct than dawdle too much and agonise over what to do. The research, reported in the Daily Telegraph, issues stark warnings claiming that people who think too much before coming to a decision risk damaging their love lives, careers and even their health. It’s not the most festive message of the week, I know, but there’s definitely something ...keep reading

Pyjamas – what not to wear at the school gate

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 20th November 2011

Mornings have never been my strong point. In the days when I took my daughter to the bus stop soon after 7am I used to rush out looking like I’d been pulled through a hedge backwards, without a scrap of make-up and my hair unbrushed. I’d then dash into Sainsbury’s to buy the papers and hope I didn’t scare the cheery man on the till or, horror of horrors, bump ...keep reading

Michael Wright and Carol Drinkwater on living in France

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 19th October 2011

Soon after I signed on the dotted line and the House With No Name officially became mine (help!), I wrote my first and only fan letter. Well, actually it was an email, but it was to a journalist called Michael Wright. I’ve been reading Michael’s Saturday column in the Daily Telegraph for eight years now and I’m still as gripped as ever by his tales of leaving his safe South ...keep reading

How it all began

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 6th May 2011

I’m so excited. Five years after I bought the House with No Name, the first phase of the renovation is almost complete and we’ll be staying there this summer. Our architect and builder friends have worked miracles, keeping its character while transforming it into a place of charm. Lots of readers have asked how I came to buy it in the first place so I’ve gone back to my old ...keep reading