Popping Up in Provence

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to hold a couple of pop-up events with my jewellery Vintage Silver Workshop in the pretty hilltop village of Saignon, which was great fun to do and just a good experience. I should have booked others for last summer., but I must admit that my time…

3 ‘Small but Perfectly Formed’ Provence markets

There is something wonderful about a traditional French market and over the years we’ve spent a considerable amount of time ambling around them in different towns across the Country.The lively Saturday Market in AptThe nice thing is that each area expresses its own identity through its markets – with the wonderful seafood stalls, full of…

What do you mean by Varnishing my Exhibition? 

A couple of months ago a friend, who owns a beautiful property in the centre of Saignon offered me the chance to have a small Exhibition of my jewellery there this summer. Over the last couple of years I have started making jewellery from vintage silver and French ‘brocante’ finds and have started selling my…

Incredible views, a Citadelle & Art at Forcalquier

This morning I hopped in the car & headed across to Forcalquier, a short distance from us in the neighbouring Department of Alpes-De-Haute-Provence. Monday is its market day and provides the perfect excuse for a visit (if such a thing is needed?) and it is a lovely drive across along the northern flank of the…

A First French Christmas 

This time last year Andy and I were  in Provence house-hunting & if I’m honest we never really imagined that we would now be preparing to spend our first Christmas in our own home in France. It’s been a great year and for the first time we’ve managed to spend extended holidays in and around…

Lavender, Lavender everywhere….. The Apt Lavender Festival

For the last week Apt has been turning purple.  Not only have the fields around the town been scenting the air with Lavender, but purple bunting has appeared, shops have had tables outside with displays of lavender flowers & plants have been appearing in the street. All a pre-cursor today’s ‘Fete de la Lavande’. I…

Food, Flowers & Fashion -Sunday in Coustellet 

For a long time the only market we tended to go to on a Sunday was the massive event that packs the narrow streets and pretty squares of L’Isle Sur La Sorgue. We would cycle in (early)  and have breakfast at the wonderful Café de France, before wandering around the town browsing the huge number…

A market, a Citadelle & difficulties with what to wear. 

This morning I headed out of the Vaucluse and took the relatively short drive across to Forcalquier for its superb Monday market.  The drive itself is quite stunning, taking a plane-lined route along the northern edge of the Luberon, before it opens out onto a spectacular view across to the low Alps, which were still…

A new start – one week to go

In 8 days time we should be at the Notaire’s office in Apt, on the verge of signing the final paperwork ‘Acte Authentique’ for our new house in the Vaucluse. As you can probably imagine things are a bit frantic at home as we are trying to get everything ready to take with us in the…