About me

Patricia Mansfield-Devine I’m an English writer who, with my husband, upped sticks from London in 1999 and came to live in our former holiday home in France. It's grandly called a manoir, but is actually a farmhouse perched on top of a hill and exposed to every element nature can throw at it.

When not writing or crafting, I spend my time cleaning up dog hair, bringing in wood, wiping up cat sick, searching for bargains at the supermarket, creating interesting meals out of leftovers and complaining to my friends about how boring my life is and how the house needs bigger windows.

My first book, Living in France, was published by Harriman House in 2008 and my second, Make Do And Cook, in 2010. I started SecondCherry in my mid-40s as a way of expressing my girly side, but have now moved on to other interests - so enjoy what's here and I may still post from time to time. Meanwhile, you can check out our cycling blog, Bocage Biking