Poppies & Cherries – Provence has turned red.

Having arrived back in Provence a few of days ago I’ve been really surprised at how much things have changed in the last 5 weeks. First, and probably the biggest surprise, is that everything is looking incredibly lush and green. This a such a stark contrast to the bleached colours and dry fields and verges…

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 Apt The nice thing is that each area expresses its own identity through its markets – with the wonderful seafood stalls,…

Cycling, Coffee & Croissants! 

Over the last 3 weeks Andy & I have covered nearly 2000 kilometres & climbed nearly 26 kilometres between us on our bikes. That’s not through us setting out to do anything particularly and it certainly hasn’t been as a result of us setting ourselves a target, but simply because we like to go out…

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…

A perfectly quirky coffee stop

I make no bones about it – I love a good coffee stop and La Vie en Rose at Coustellet has to be one of my favourites. The tea shop isn’t exactly in a perfect location as it’s situated on the side of the road just behind Super U in the village, nor is it in a traditional…

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…

A 3 day taster trip to the Vaucluse – where do I start?

This last week has been lovely – the house has been full (a great test of the temporary fabric walls & open plan bathroom!) Not only has my eldest son been visiting with his girlfriend, but also my mum, so all the rooms have been put to good use. Of course my son knows the…

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…