My French Country Brocante in England

One of the things I love about blogging is meeting wonderful people. 
It is like opening a series of doors...each one, as equally beautiful as the other.
I will forever more equate the image above to Sharon of My French Country Home.

Sharon and I started blogging around the same time...we have been writing
back and forth for some time about family, life and blogging. It has been a joy
getting to know her over the past year via emails and post comments.

I had the delightful pleasure of meeting Sharon and her charming daughter Ella
yesterday. There was no question in my mind when I saw the graceful woman across
the grounds that I had found Sharon. When she looked up and said my name
it was magic! Sharon is every inch the beautiful, warm and gracious woman
that you imagine from her blog. It speaks volumes for Ella as well as she
truly is her mother's daughter.

If you have not met these lovely ladies yet, I encourage you to do so.
They are both talented women with beautiful blogs.
You can meet Sharon, here and Ella, here.

Could I have picked a better time and place to meet Sharon 
for the first time? I think not!  Sharon brought along items from her fabulous 
Brocante shop, here, and set them up, with flair, on the grounds 
of the Finchcocks Musical Museum in Kent, England.

When she mentioned it might be to far for me to travel from my home,
I thought...Oh contraire...that is half the fun of it! We made it a family affair. 
Mr. H, Miss Claire, young Connor and I set off for a day in the country. 
I was secretly pleased to show them that, in fact, my blogging friends
are not imaginary but genuinely wonderful people. They could not
agree more. They were just as charmed by Sharon and Ella as I was.
No surprises there :)

Sharon could not have picked a more beautiful setting
to showcase her wares. Finchcocks Musical Museum
is a charming Georgian manor housing over 100 historical
keyboard instruments. The manor is surrounded by beautiful
gardens and parkland. A perfect venue for a Spring Garden Fair.

From the front door to the was just beautiful.
Music was in the air...

Flowers were on show in every corner, from
market stalls to the extensive gardens along the property.

There were little surprises around every corner....

It was a day for the memory books. We were thrilled to have met
Sharon and Ella, visited Finchcocks and journey on to another
spectacular spot, Scotney Castle...more on that another time.

Today it is all about Sharon and Ella. Please stop by and say hello 
for me and tell them Jeanne sent you.   :)

Sharon's French Country Guest Cottage
Read here.



  1. So glad you and Sharon met - she does have a lovely blog. My husband, too, thinks my blog friends are imaginary! too funny!

    An especially nice post today.

  2. What a gorgeous day! It's really, really nice you're meeting some of your blogging friends and that your family is part of the experience.

    I put her cottage under My Favorites - you never know!

  3. Hi Webb... I am glad I am not the only one who is told she lives in an imaginary world! are so right, you never know! It looks like a wonderful spot and now that I have met Sharon I am dying to go :) must go!

  4. Dear Jeanne,
    Ella and I have just read your post together - what can I say?! This is more than generous, way too kind really. Thank you again for driving all that way to visit us at the fair, and introducing us to your charming family, you really made our day.
    I love the way our families look rather bemused by the whole virtual versus real world of blogging friendships. I think that yesterday was real proof that it is possible to understand someone through their written words, and that blogging can create real bonds.
    If you want to do Sissinghurst à deux one day, I'll happily drive up to meet you!
    warmest wishes

  5. You are most welcome Sharon!! I am very intrigued...
    a deux sounds fabulous to me... :)) ( I must find a way to put accents where required .silly keyboard!)

  6. How perfectly wonderful!!
    Sharon has long been one of my favourites! I love imagining the two of you together. Funny, but I see myself with you!!!!

  7. I love Sharon's blog and read it all the time. What a wonderful time you both had. You should go to Sissinghurst if you haven't already been and even if you have been, it is definitely worth multiple visits. I went for the first time last summer and I would absolutely go again. I loved the intimacy and coziness of all the "garden rooms." I had imagined them to be on a much bigger scale. What a delightful place to visit.
    Thanks for sharing with us this very charming French Country brocante in the English countryside.

  8. Fabulous Jeanne
    Sounds like it was a wonderful day.. I can imagine Sharon is just as lovely and down to earth in person as she is in her posts/ emails.. I know there are quite a few blogger I consider my friend and hope that I can one day meet up with them... Yourself and Sharon included. ... crossing my fingers I get to go OS soon...

    Lovely post and love all the shots you've shared with us... Have a great week.. ciao xxx Julie

  9. What a wonderful day, meeting up with blogging friends, great weather, and the gardens are stunning.

    Sharon's "goodies" are delightful..

  10. What a wonderful post. It sounds like it was a gorgeous day! It's always fun meeting up with blogging friends! Sharon's and Ellen's blog are new to me. I am off now to have a look at their blogs.

    Have a lovely week!
    Gaby xo

  11. The 'junk' in your brocante pic?

    Ridiculously, it's already ALL in my house.

    What are the chances of that?

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  12. Jeanne,

    How lucky you are to share a day with family, and a blogging friend in such a beautiful setting. I love Sharon's blog and am always on the lookout in her store for an authentic Chocolate pot.

    Love the photos,as always. But I must tell you that my favorite photos are the ones from Sunday, I love the car and the picnic!

    Have a great day!

  13. It sounds like a marvelous day! How lucky to meet Sharon, and to hear she is as lovely as she seems makes me smile! But can I add that I think she is pretty lucky to have met you too? As always, gorgeous photos, my friend!

  14. Oh my, this post is like a fairy tale. From meeting a blogging friend in person to the exquisite photos. Just amazing.

    This Sunday I'm hosting a "Where do you keep it all?" party. I'd love to have you join in. Do share where you keep all of your treasures.

    - The Tablescaper

  15. Such a beautiful place, such a lovely day!

  16. So glad you and Sharon got to meet. I have so enjoyed meeting blogging friends, too.

    No picture of the two of you?


  17. Hi Jeanne....oh how lucky you are to have met Sharon and her daughter in person. I have followed her blog for sometime now...and if I ever get to France again..I will track her down. Beautiful post honoring these beautiful women.



  18. Hi Jeanne,
    I love this post. You live in an enchanting place. I always love reading your blog. Thanks for the inspiration and beautiful photos. I hope to visit England one day.

  19. Oh, I do love Sharon's blog! I wish I could live in her house, or at least one very similar to it. And yes, she is lovely and talented.

  20. You have made me nostaligc for England. It has been too many years since I last visited. That is so nice that you got to meet a blogging friend. It always amazes me what strong bonds can be created through such a thing as blogging.

  21. Lovely story about your meeting with Sharon and Ella...I follow them myself but will probably never meet them in person. Their blogs are are yours. You were sure to enjoy each other as you are birds of a feather.

  22. I have never seen better than this site.


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