Hello and welcome to Chez Shea! Marie here. Ten years ago, I moved to the countryside with my partner and three children. Both of us were burnt out from stressful and demanding jobs. We wanted to find a simpler way of life that was meaningful and low impact. I knew that for me, this was going to involve writing, cooking and crafting. Beyond that, the vision was a bit blurred. I didn’t know that it was going to involve setting up a glamping site in what used to be the orchard. I hadn’t realised that gardening was going to be such a big feature of this new lifestyle, or quite how long, the long winter nights really are! This blog is a story of where the path has taken us.

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    1. Thanks so much Eva. Am really inspired by your beautiful work. It’s all a bit new to me, but am very excited about having a new way to connect with people who are on a similar path. xx


  1. The title of your blog caught my eye with its distinct French touch when I saw that you stopped over my blog. Thank you for your visit and for liking my post in the series A to Z challenge. Best to you.


    1. Hi Evelyne- thanks so much for the return call. Am so excited about this aspect of the blog challenge. It’s so nice to link up with people who are different paths and reflecting this in their blogs.

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    1. Hi Lynne, thanks so much! Really look forward to to reading more of your posts. Am so enjoying this AZ challenge. It really is a great way to connect with fellow bloggers!


  2. HI, Marie! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post on how important laughter is to us. I am enjoying my visit to yours. I like your cool name. I am from Chicago and when I was younger we had a famous nightclub here named Chez Paree. Good luck!


  3. I’m going to echo what lorigreer said. Many people whine and complain, but few have the courage to make such a dramatic life change! It sounds like a great adventure 🙂


  4. Lovely to meet you Chez. Looking forward to getting to know you through your blog, which I can already tell will resonate with me. Warmest wishes from Australia.


    1. Hi Miriam, thanks so much for your lovely comment. What a joy blogging is. It’s such a lovely way to connect with people. Am really looking forward to hearing more about your life in Aus!

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  5. Definitely and admirable choice and I can imagine that it’s a really big step! Congrats for undertaking this new life and in a certain way challenge yourselfe without really knowing how it would have been, not easy at all! Happy to have found your blog, determined people inspire me a lot! I’m looking forward to reading your posts 🙂



  6. Lovely to meet you! I am excited that I fell into your blog. I love to garden and am always, always learning how to make something sprout out of such terrible soil! Moving somewhere different has it’s challenges, but so many rewards. New things and places to explore…and then there’s the food! Best wishes on your venture! Cheers, Koko:)

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  7. Hello Marie! The latest episode in my life is very similar to yours. My husband and I recently left London for life in a small town in MA! Its something of a culture shock for a city girl like me but like you, I see a life of baking, crafting, writing and maybe even teaching… Who knows what else country life holds.

    I look forward to checking out your blog more and maybe getting some inspiration!


  8. Hiya Marie! 🙂
    Even before we’ve had a chance to talk to each other in any huge depth, I’ve walked out on a limb and nominated you for the 3-day quote challenge! Yay!!
    Do check out my post and find your nomination there. I am so looking forward to reading your take on all this soon!
    Cheers – Robert. 😉

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