Apologies for not having posted for a while, but since Christmas, it has felt as if we have been on a bit of a roller-coaster ride with lots of switchbacks & changes of speed and direction in just about every aspect of our life, but all we can do is hold on tight, and hope … More Returning to the first signs of Spring
From time to time, you see something that makes you reconsider some of the decisions you’ve made in life, and a recent visit to the SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) Campus at Lacoste, was one of those moments. It was the first stop on our day with the local Tourist Board, and although … More La Maison Basse, Art and Design in Lacoste
I have a confession to make….. It’s been over 30 years since we first visited the area, and over 5 years since buying the house here, yet I hadn’t visited the incredible Mines de Bruoux, at nearby Gargas, until last week. I can’t explain why I’ve never been, it’s been on the list of things … More Exploring the Mines De Bruoux
After a busy week back in the UK, when we fitted so much in, that it felt as if we kept meeting ourselves coming back in the opposite direction, we are finally back home in Provence, and starting to plan for the next stage of work on the house, finally decorating the living room. It … More Bikes, Fifi and a smile on our faces
Bizarrely we sense and feel the changing seasons more in Provence than we do in Devon. Back in Exeter the proximity to the sea seems to soften the edges of summer as it shifts into autumn and likewise, autumn into winter. That’s not the case here and today it was almost as if someone had … More The sweet shift of summer towards autumn….
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 … More Poppies & Cherries – Provence has turned red.
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 … More What do you mean by Varnishing my Exhibition?
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 … More Beyond the Veloroute cycle #10 – a couple of Thursday markets
What we’ve realised since we bought the house this time last year is that there is no really bad time to cycle in Provence. Yes Summer is hot, but speaking as a ‘mad dog’ I’m very happy to go out in the mid-day sun and to be honest it gives us a great excuse for … More Beyond the Veloroute cycle #9 – Roussillon, Bonnieux & an Elephant!
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 … More Mid-Winter break in Provence