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Melanie Jones


I started blogging when I lived in deepest rural France. My (now ex-) husband worked in the film and television industry. He was often away for long periods leaving me to bring up our two teenage children largely on my own with all the inherent difficulties that can bring, from the practical - I can swing an axe better than many men, to the social - no-one wants the single woman at the dinner table.

Since returning to the UK for the sake of my sanity, to wear fashionable clothes instead of wellies and a housecoat (OK, I never wore a housecoat) and have a social life I have blogged about all aspects of our new life in the West Country, a place I had never even visited before but which I have grown to love. The result is The River Cottage Diaries, not to be confused with the former home of a certain celebrity chef. Our River Cottage is set in the beautiful Wylye Valley in Wiltshire and in any case, I can't cook. My blog is sometimes political, sometimes funny, sometimes passionate but always, I hope, entertaining.

In 2013, my first book, L'Amour Actually, was published, based loosely on my life in France.

Say No to Atrocity Porn

The British broadcast media thinks nothing of showing graphic photos of death - with a little rider that some people mind find them disturbing or upsetting of course. Damn right I do! So here's an idea. Don't show them.
26/08/2014 16:25 BST

10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know...

You are NOT fat. You are just a shade short of 5'8 and a size 8. That is not fat. Not in my book, not in anyone's book. Our society has become obsessed with body image.
17/02/2014 13:24 GMT

We'll Meat Again

And so it was, a few months ago, that the girl uttered those words that every mother fears, well, every mother as disorganised as me at least. "Mum, I'm becoming a vegetarian."
20/01/2012 13:41 GMT