Born in the north of England, of English and German ancestry, Ursula Benjamin has travelled extensively and has lived many different lives, including a busy one as an author of philosophical essays. She had heard of the Robert-Tatin Museum, one of the most interesting artistic centres in the West of France and came to visit.
“When I arrived in Mayenne, I fell in love with the countryside and the people. For me, there’s something mystical about the landscape and the connection that people here have with the land, whether planting crops, keeping chickens or bees, or cooking the best local produce.” She discovered Fontaine-Daniel while working on the French translation of one of her works: “It was a revelation. I immediately felt a connection to my birthplace in Yorkshire, in the north of England.”