A Year at the Chateau: As seen on the hit Channel 4 show

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A Year at the Chateau: As seen on the hit Channel 4 show

A Year at the Chateau: As seen on the hit Channel 4 show

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They take turns reading a bit then there is a pause and Dick picks up from Angela which is a slight relief. It's fascinating to get a behind the scenes look into life restoring an old Chateau, more detail and insight then even the show. If you really want to watch and experience nice people restoring a chateau I suggest going on YouTube and watching “The Chateau diaries” and “Doing it ourselves” both are likeable and kind to the people around them, oh and the focus is less on themselves and more on the chateau. There is no doubt, Angel is extremely good in her area of expertise (interior design and making things look outstandingly pretty), but there are times in her book she has struggled. I found Fizz, the youngest, to be the most amusing with her attempts to build a You Tube channel and to become an influencer.

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At the halfway point, it is fair to say the Strawbridge’s might be a little too focused on the food aspects of France (and you can’t blame them), Thankfully, the aspects of the chateau eventually come back to the forefront and their journey continues. Note that I didn’t say ‘dirty’ jobs as to her credit, Angel has stated on more than one occasion that she’s not afraid of getting dirty when a job needs doing and I can imagine there is a lot of cleaning to be had in a home that’s been sitting empty for decades. Along the way we’ll read glorious descriptions of rural life in France, with charming characters, delicious food and wonderful seasonal produce, together with the extraordinary list of renovations and restorations Dick and Angel completed, many of which were not shown on TV.

Yes, there were a few minor editing mistakes but this all added to the quirky nature that many of us have come to know and love.While the show may have made it seem like everything happened for a reason (that fabric wallpaper in the tower comes to mind) this book tells all of the behind-the-scenes moments and it was anything but easy. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. As I wind down from lunch with the family, and take a brief moment to relax and breathe before I start preparing the pastry for the Tarte Citron for our New Year’s Eve dinner party guests, I thought I’d pop in and wish you a very happy New Year!

The book itself is wonderfully written, with witty anecdotes, fabulous recountings of this remarkable renovation, and the surprising addition of Dick describing his cooking (which sounds beyond amazing to me) it was the icing on the cake and now I want to try mussels.

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