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Butterflies on Mimosa Book Cover Butterflies on Mimosa:
The pleasures and pitfalls of owning a gîte.

Written by Eleanor Francis
and illustrated by Patricia Kelsall

ISBN: 978-1-901253-23-8

(Old ISBN: 1 901253 23 6)

176 pages, paperback, 146mm x 208mm.
10 Pen and Ink Drawings

Published by Leonie Press, April 2001.

Price: £ 8.99 Postage and Packing:

About the Book

Owning a gîte in Charente-Maritime has been a far from humdrum experience for the author and her family - though they love their charming house dearly. They have learned to embrace the unusual and expect the unexpected.

The purchase of their cottage took place around Black Wednesday, their money seemed to vanish into thin air after being paid over, they had trouble with caretakers and eventually became astonished onlookers as a tale of arson and murder unfolded. Wayward sewage and occasional difficult guests were the least of their problems...

Nothing would surprise them now, including finding summer butterflies on their winter-flowering mimosa.

If you're thinking of going into 'long-distance' gîte-letting, read this first!

About the Author

Eleanor Francis was born and grew up in York, where she qualified as a Radiographer in 1961. Shortly afterwards she moved to London. She worked as a Radiographer and Senior Radiographer at Guys Hospital from 1963-1970, and as a Senior Radiographer, specialising in angiographic and cardiovascular work, from 1970-1983. In 1975 she attained the Higher Diploma of the College of Radiographers.

She married a professional horn player, instrumental teacher and organist in April 1983 and they have one daughter.

In July of that year she was appointed Superintendent Radiographer for Bromley Hospital in Kent, and later Unit Radiography manager, Bromley and Beckenham Hospitals. Disillusioned by the various changes and reorganisations within the National Health Service, she took early retirement in 1992.

Hartford artist Patricia Kelsall has illustrated the book with a number of pen and ink sketches and painted the watercolour picture used for the cover.

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