Making my own croissants

It’s funny isn’t it, the little habits we fall into; the things that just become a natural part of day to day life, those moments that we miss dreadfully when we find we can’t do them. The tail end of this year, rather like the beginning and if I’m perfectly honest, the middle bits too,…

Not exactly elegant living in Provence!

There is always a point whenever we have worked on houses, when the niceties of life have to go by the wayside and you simply have to make do with chaos for anything from a few days to a few weeks. And this week Andy got to that point. Over the years we’ve become experts…

Blue skies, building walls and a beautiful table

I can’t get over that another week has gone by already, and find it even more surprising that it was only 8 weeks ago today that we took delivery of the first lorry load of building supplies Even the last week has flown by, since Andy opened up that second new doorway and finishing the…

Another week, another year older and another new doorway

I think it would be more than fair to say that this year has had more than its share of twists and turns for us, certainly keeping us on our toes and forcing us very firmly outside our comfort zone of being able to plan. And this week has been no different. We actually thought…

Another week and a huge transformation

Once again the last week has absolutely flown by for Andy, who seems to have been out working almost literally from dawn to dusk. Now France is in lockdown and his daily exercise away from the house is limited to 1 hour, at a maximum if 1km from the house, there are even less distractions…

Save the Date – Le Tour returns to The Vaucluse

To be honest there hasn’t really been much to look forward to over the last few months, it’s been hard for so many reasons and even the most positive of people (me included) has found it difficult to really look forward to anything. Watching this year’s delayed Tour De France was one high spot, even…

Aren’t walls meant to be straight?

Was it really only just over a week ago that I wrote the last update on the work we’re doing to convert the buanderie into a new kitchen. Just looking back at the blog now, I am struggling to believe how much has been achieved since. When I last wrote, we had just taken delivery…

Our house was held up by that?

Well the last few weeks have flown by in a cloud of dust, noise and exhaustion (for Andy that is) as he has thrown himself fully into starting the work on opening up the new kitchen. It’s hard to believe that not even 4 weeks have passed since that first Philibert lorry pulled onto the…