An opportunity for a night away & Sommières Brocante

The last couple of days have been a bit of a whirl, which culminated on Friday in me driving across to  the stunning Gorges du Tarn  The drive across is lovely, following the main road through the centre of Avignon, on to Uzès then across to the old mining town of Alès, clearly very proud…

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…

A colourful circular winter walk

I’ve mentioned before that Winter is a great time to visit Provence – of course it can be very cold, thanks to the clear night skies and subsequent frosts, but the days can be stunning with bright blue skies, little or no breeze and the wonderful light that cheers you up in the depth of…

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…

Provence in Autumn is just lovely!

The first snow fell in the Vaucluse yesterday and Mont Ventoux started its shift from being a summer cycling venue to a winter ski resort, bringing with it thoughts of long walks across the hills that are so often out of bounds during the summer due to the fire risk and evenings spent eating rich…

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…

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…