Australian writer Vicki Archer has found success charting her love of all things French. In 1999, alongside her husband and three children, she bought and began renovating a 17th Century property in Provence. The project features in her book My French Life, documented by fellow Australian expat photographer Carla Coulson [interview], and details her restoration of the farmhouse and its abandoned apple and pear orchards. It also showcases an olive grove that Vicki planted of more than 2000 trees. Vicki splits her time between London and Saint Rémy de Provence.

What five words best describe you? Creative, engaged, loyal, conscientious and energetic.

What's your proudest achievement? A long and happy marriage.

Who inspires you? My children as do photographers, writers and artists.

What are you passionate about? I am passionate about living in Europe, continuing to create my home in France, my olives and anything involving fashion or interiors.

What's the best lesson you've learnt? How to deal with teenagers!

If you could meet one person, living or dead, who would it be? I would like to meet Augustus Caesar, the Roman Emperor - I am fascinated by all things Roman since moving to southern France.

What are you excited about? Coming home to Sydney for three weeks in October; I am excited about the November olive harvest in France and I am excited about Christmas with my family.

What are you reading? Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman. I saw the movie, loved it and couldn’t wait to read the book.

images courtesy of vicki archer and carla coulson

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