After a beautiful week with the home stuffed with three generations blended in collectively, I am lastly sitting down and pulling collectively my ideas and concepts for this 12 months’s finish and hopefully a cheerful new 12 months 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 life like 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 “hand over wine” or “resign desserts” and every useless promise would final a scorching 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 at the very least love to make use of these final days of the 12 months to replicate, 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 through the 12 months forward. I’m so pleased 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 way of concepts and for cheering one another on when instances get much less simple. And largely for having enjoyable collectively.

So far as my home right here goes, I’ve some thrilling initiatives within the backyard for subsequent 12 months, 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 12 months behind us, and feeling extraordinarily lucky and grateful for our superb readers, subscribers, shoppers and visitors. With out your enthusiasm, your customized and your help, our work right here could be pointless. Un grand merci!

The MFCH Staff has seen some adjustments this 12 months. 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 staff, and looking out ahead to being courageous on new adventures collectively within the 12 months to come back.

The MCH Journal

Our journal subscribers within the USA will hopefully discover that their copies arrive extra rapidly this 12 months. We now have modified our printer to 1 with a extra centralized delivery hub, and it looks like most of our common subscribers acquired their January challenge 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 visitors to Provence, Normandy and Paris. For 2023 we return to Provence, we go to Dordogne and we herald a brand new tour to the Loire Valley, in addition to inviting visitors to new locations in Normandy.

I’m notably excited to have Lucy Hunter with us for 2 of our excursions in 2023, and she or he shall 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 12 months shall be very particular. We now have 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 12 months, we have now some very thrilling new manufacturers and merchandise lined up for the Containers but additionally for our on-line Boutique. We’ll be operating common giveaways through the 12 months, and introducing our shoppers to the perfect of France.

New for 2023 – MFCH Journey

And our huge information in the beginning of the 12 months shall be our new MFCH Journey part. We all know that not everyone seems to be on the lookout for a bunch tour, however that lots of people would really like a hand creating their very own journeys to France, and we’re right here to assist. I will carry you all the small print in January, so watch this area.

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

To you our readers, our followers and our shoppers, we want you a really Joyful New Yr, and peace and laughter within the twelve months forward. Keep secure, be effectively and see you subsequent 12 months!

By gerard