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…

Beyond the Veloroute cycle #10 – a couple of Thursday markets

I like Thursdays for many reasons – not only is it nearly the weekend, or a chance for yoga both in the U.K. and here in France, but there’s also a good handful of markets to choose from.  There’s the lovely mid-week one at L’Isle Sur La Sorgue, slightly smaller than the Sunday event, but…

A cycle to awaken the senses

Having arrived late on Monday night after a particularly stressful trip down I woke early yesterday & simply sat on the terrace like a lizard, being warmed by the sun, at the start of what was destined to be another stunning day.  Yes there were things that needed to be done in the house, but…

From Moor to War & now a bit more!

Well the planning is now well underway and I suggested in my last blog the route is already shifting and I think it will still be a while before it’s set in stone, but that’s half the fun of the planning and now it seems that Moor to War is being extended a little bit…

Beyond the Veloroute cycle #8 – Through the Vineyards

  When I packed my cycle kit to come over this time I put in enough layers to keep me warm in the expected arctic temperatures, hoping to snatch a few precious moments out on the bike before dashing home to thaw out in front of the fire. I think in hindsight I rather over-packed…

Mid-Winter break in Provence 

There is something about arriving in the Vaucluse that just makes the stress slip from our shoulders and today’s arrival in the depths of winter was no different.  Travelling at this time of year is a little bit more complicated than during the summer as at this time of year there are no flights from…

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…

One Week on & some first thoughts on the adventure 

This time last week the boys were cycling the last leg of their mammoth cycle from Dartmoor to Sete in the South of France. The ride saw them cover nearly 1500km in just under 2 weeks. I think it’s fair to say they had a fantastic time & certainly it’s an experience they’ll remember for…

Day 13 – Carcassonne to the Finish Line at Sete

Distance cycled ……… 80 miles Total distance cycled during the ride ………… 865.4 miles / 1392.4 km So boys how would you sum up the final day in 3 words……… Fatigue, Joy, End!! Firstly apologies for not posting this blog last night, but it was all a bit overwhelming, being back together as a family…

Day 12 – Toulouse to Carcassonne 

Distance cycled …….. 67 miles So boys how would you sum up today in 3 words? ……. Medieval Cart Track!  Arriving in Toulouse last night I think it’s fair to say that Andy George & Tom felt they needed a rest. In the last 3 days they had cycled just shy of 250 miles &…