Friday, 18 January 2013

Grow Your Blog Party

My very dear friend Vicki is hosting a Grow Your Blog Party this weekend.
If you are a first time visitor to Normandy Life and have come via the GYB party then, welcome!
My name is Maggie a 60 something child of the 60's!
I love -
My husband of over 30 years, who I affectionately call the Senior Partner.
Our dog, Fleur, a 2 year German Shepherd. We are still grieving the loss of Mr Ben who passed away recently.
Living in the beautiful Normandy countryside.
Gardening, growing organic fruit & vegetables in my potager.
Baking, pies & cakes.
Scrapbooking ( I have a separate blog "just scrapping" where I indulge my addiction for all paper products)
Photography, goes great with scrapbooking! 
Travelling the world with my sweetie, especially when that means time for relaxing, with a little retail therapy on the side and meeting up with friends in Hilton Hilton, SC. whenever I get the chance.

Vicki & me in Hilton Head
October 2012
These are the sort of things that you'll find when you come to visit Normandy Life.
I wrote my first post in April 2008, it was about planting out the potager for spring.
Since then 330 wonderful people have signed up to follow me.
If you're one of them then perhaps you'll already know some of the above.
I'd like to say a great big thank you to you all for your support and friendship.
Some of you I have been lucky enough to meet in person, like Vicki, Jenny, Jackie, Sarah and Martha.
I really hope I get to meet more of you in the future.

You may remember reading on Normandy Life about the stunningly beautiful nests which Vicki creates.
If you missed those posts then click here and here and be amazed by what a talented crafter she is.
Click on this link, or the green button on my sidebar to visit Vicki's beautiful blog 2 Bags Full to discover a world full of travel, knitting and adventure and join the party!


  1. Hi Maggie - I'll go over for a look. What a great idea this is.

  2. Thanks for a great post and getting to know you a little better! This party sounds like fun and Hurray for meeting wonderful bloggers in person! I will have to visit Vicki.

    Happy Weekend, Maggie!


  3. It's nice to know more about you, Maggie. I am already following you. I would love to meet some of my bloggy friends someday!

  4. Hello there, Maggie! You are my first visit in the Grow Your Blog Party. I saw in Vicki's sidebar that you and two others had posted. My own post will be up when midnite rolls around here in about 17 minutes. How wonderful that you got to meet Vicki in person. She is so very kind and giving! Wishing you a great weekend. Tammy

  5. Gasp!!!! It's me and you!!!!! Oh I love this picture of us-- I am SO stealing this!!! And you will see it again- lol! Oh what a wonderful day that was-- we still talk about it-- sigh.

    So happy to have you at the party! Can't wait for everyone to meet you dear Maggie. Lots of folks have already posted their blogs for the party-- I will post the party list early in the am- around 4 am est.

    Love you Maggie----

  6. Hi! I've just finished the final editing on my GYB post!=)

    Nice to e-meet you. I'd love to see more of France one day.

  7. Hello Maggie
    I love your GYB post and all the beautiful photos you've posted here as well.

    I would swap places with you any day as my daughter and grandchildren live in France (Burgundy) - but then you mightn't want to live in New Zealand!!

    Have a happy weekend of visiting!
    I joined your blog quite a while ago - but I would love you to come and visit me too!
    Shane ♥

  8. Maggie, this is my second attempt to say how fun it was to read about you and your interest. My blog will be posted later this evening. DreamChallenge Hope you will stop by. Jan

  9. Maggie, I'll stop by Vicki's. Love the name, Two Bags Full. One of my favorite stores in San Francisco (sold hand knit sweaters) was Three Bags Full. ;-)
    I'm off to visit...........Sarah

  10. I've been following your blog for quite awhile. I always enjoy stopping by for a visit to see what you've been doing.


  11. Its lovely to know you Maggie.
    Retail therapy... I love it!
    I will enjoy reading your blog further in the future. Thank you for participating in the party.

  12. Lovely blog Maggie, Your scrap book creations are beautiful. Hugs Judy

  13. I'm visiting from Vicki's. I am now a follower. Your photos make me want to travel! I hope you will drop by my blog for a visit
    Please say hello if you do. :)

  14. You have a lovely blog, thank you for sharing. I am a new follower and 'Grow Your Blog' participant. Have fun at the party!

    Evalina, This and that...

  15. Hi Maggie, So nice to meet you and visit your lovely blog. Great pic of you and Vicki. I have met a few myself and it is very special.
    So enjoyed my visit here from GYB.
    Welcome over anytime.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  16. What a pleasure it is to meet you, and that photo of you and Vicki is priceless. It is a joy to visit your blog through the Grow Your Blog party. Have a very pleasant weekend!

  17. Hi! My name is Kelly and I followed your blog through Vicki's Grow Your Own Blog party! This is my very first blog party and I'm having a blast! Hope to see you as well in blogland! Have a great day! Kelly xoxo

  18. i love Downton Abbey ... such a great show. fun & very very entertaining. glad to have found your blog. please stop by my blog soon. have a great weekend. take care. ( :

  19. So lovely to 'meet' you. I'm a digital scrapper - I'm in the middle of working on my son's 2012 book now (taking a little blogging break for a few minutes or ten). We went to Normandy in Autumn and I have to say it is one of my favorite places ever - the towns were so quaint, the people were lovely, and the food was delicious. You are one lucky girl to call it home :)

  20. So THAT's Vickie who does the nests! I love those! Well, as you know, I'm not here for GYB day, just to say hi. It's a great idea though! And I learned more about you!

  21. aloha maggie! i am new to blogging and have been wanting a blog from europe to follow and the second i saw your little friend ben that passed on i knew you were for me, i am so sorry about ben, i don't know how you must get along everyday when he was so much in your life, i know you know he was such a gift though, when our kids moved out years ago i became one of "those dog people", of course never thought that would happen to me! but you know who is my best company especially since i am home now! i love your blog, i love france, went many years ago to visit dear friends and dream of going back! aloha, angi in hana

  22. Hey Maggie, I'm so happy to meet you. Thank you for following my blog. I am now a new follower of yours. One of my goals for perhaps this year or next is to learn to speak French. I think it is a beautiful language. I took a couple years in high school, but don't remember very much. So, I'm excited to read your blog. Maybe I will pick up some of your language along the way. Oh, the next time you come to Hilton Head, let me know. I'm only about 3 hours from there. Have a great day!

  23. How lucky you are to live in such a wonderful region.It's really great how many wonderful blogs I could find by Vicki's help.

  24. It's so fun to meet blogging friends in person, isn't it?

  25. I can see why you have so many followers. Your blog is interesting and filled with so many wonderful photos. I'm about to become one of your newest followers. Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog. :-)

  26. You are always the first to post lovely photos of daffodils. I'll look forward to seeing the rest of your garden spring to life. "Hope springs eternal!"

  27. Took a quick (yes, that was difficult to do since your blog is incredible!) look around your blog! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Intend to enjoy reading and spending a little more time here!

  28. Hi Maggie,

    It is wonderful to meet you. My husband and I will be visiting Normandy in 2014. It will be a dream come true. We did a French canal trip in Sept. 2012. Looking forward to following your blog.

    I found you through Vicki's GYB. If you have a chance stop by and visit me at

  29. Maggie - so nice to be at your blog. I think you may have visited my site, but not 100% sure! Smiles. Please stop by if you haven't already and sign up for my giveaway. (I'm tardy because my motherboard died and went to the grave!) But, I have a replacement now! Hugs from Alaska. Karen

  30. Lovely photographs! You live in a part of the world I have not visited, but which looks somehow familiar...
    lovely photographs!

    Another GYB Party participant here, still working my way through Vicki's amazing list :)

  31. Hi Maggie!

    I did come to you by way of Vicki. It is nice to meet you! I look forward to following your blog and getting to know you better.



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