When does a holiday stop and life begin? 

So that’s it – I’m back in the UK after another long summer at our little place in Provence – Andy’s staying on for another couple of weeks,  as he came out after me and we always want to use the house as much as possible!  I find it hard to understand where the summer…

Our Year in Provence (sorry Peter Mayle)

It has just dawned on me that this time last year Andy was frantically packing the car, filling every possible space with bits we wanted to take with us to France ahead of setting off in the early hours to drive to Provence to complete the purchase of our long dreamed-for little house.    …

It’s nice to be back & Spring has arrived!

Once again we have flung open the shutters on the house, switched the hot water on, filled the fridge & checked the tyres on the bikes.     Over the last year (and it really is nearly a year since we bought the house) it feels as if we have been here in Provence more than…

Learning French to enjoy life in Provence 

Having spent a good few months out of the last year in France both Andy & I have seen our French really improve, although we both started at very different levels. I’d learnt French at school, although had given up after taking my ‘O’ Level for the simple reason that I detested the teacher and…

Pusscat’s French Adventure 

Some people must think we’re mad, but having bought the house in France, we had to decide what to do with our pets as between us we’ll be over here for about 5 months this summer. Our dog Millie (a gentle & rather dim Retriever) is adored by a friend who immediately offered to have…

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…

Soft colours & golden light – Autumn in Provence

It’s hard to believe that it’s only 4 weeks since we left the house in Provence & headed back to the UK after a wonderful first summer there. When we left, the days were still hot (well over 30) and the landscape looked parched and bleached after the long dry-spell & even the leaves on…

Andy meets a dog with a well rehearsed party trick! 

So often we find ourselves chuckling about the odd things involving animals that we’ve seen over the years whilst in Provence including a horse in a flat cap……   …… the sight of a piglet being walked on a lead in Lourmarin…… …….or the cat at Roussillon who delights in stretching out & rolling onto…

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…

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…