A Winter’s Sunday pottering in Provence

I always love Sundays in and around the Luberon, whether it’s an early morning start in the summer to head off bargain-hunting at the vide-grenier in a nearby village or a gentle cycle out for breakfast at the wonderful ‘Farmers’ Market’ at Coustellet. In January too there’s plenty to do to keep me busy and today was…

Bring on Winter – the woodburner has been fitted! 

The last 2 days have gone by in a blur of builders, rubble & dust, but it’s been worth it. Having got rid of the hideous pellet burner (affectionately known as Growler) back in August, we’d been keeping our fingers well and truly crossed that the fireplace company stuck to their word and that they’d…

Sunday morning Antiques’ hunting. 

If Saturday is a day for the local market then Sunday has become a day to spend the morning pottering around a local Brocante market or village ‘Vide-Greniers’ event. In the summer we often found that we had to make a choice between the local events, all advertised a few weeks beforehand with large signs…

Out with the old & in with the new – cheerio ‘Growler’! 

When we bought our little house it came with a pellet burner in the living room, which was the owner’s pride and joy. It certainly heated the room well & we were given a demonstration of how it could be switched on remotely using a Smartphone, so that the house could be lovely & warm…

A morning cycling & an afternoon upcycling

Cycling around this area is a delight & even when it’s overcast (like today) it is a perfect way to spend a few hours. After an early wake-up I thought I’d hop on the bike & head across to the lovely Thursday market at L’Isle Sur La Sorgue aiming to arrive for mid-morning coffee.  For…

4 months of living the dream

Where has the summer gone? Since the 25th April (apart from 22 days back in the UK) I have been lucky enough to spend the rest of the time out in the Vaucluse, sorting out our new house & getting under the skin of the beautiful area we have called home for the Summer. It’s…

Saving money & having fun furnishing our house 

It’s hard to believe that we’ve had our little place in France for almost 2 months and slowly but surely it’s starting to feel more like a home. When we drove down we only brought the car with us so were very limited with what we were able to bring – not that we had…

Bargain hunting at the tip!

OK it’s not quite the title that usually draws readers, but I thought this afternoon’s trip was worth sharing. Since moving in I’ve been busy trying to find nice pieces of furniture for the house and needless to say I don’t want to spend a fortune. My theory is that any penny saved on basic…

A day of Brocante & Lily of the Valley

From the middle of the week I could see that today was shaping up to be a busy day. Not that I had a list of things that had to be done, but more because I’d seen signs for 3 local ‘Vide Grenier’ events and I fancied popping over to the Brocante market at Carpentras…

Living the dream – a few early lessons

Firstly apologies for any glitches in this blog – it’s been a bit chaotic trying to do it with intermittent internet & different wifi locations!! I can’t believe where the last few days have gone. A week ago I had just hosted the village book group and this morning I’m sitting on the terrace in…