The incredible gardens at Valsaintes Abbey

I have always loved gardens, although I have to admit to not being a great gardener myself. A summer garden with deep herbaceous borders, filled with the scent and colour of roses is always a delight and we have some delightful ones around us in the UK, such as this one at Coombe Trenchard just…

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…

On the trail of a WW2 Wellington Bomber

Back in the Summer we spent some time exploring the pretty village of Simiane-La-Rotonde, a few miles away from us in the neighbouring Department of Alpes de Haute Provence. Whilst we were there we noticed the names of 5 English Airmen had been added to the local War Memorial and set out to find out…

Stepping back in time at Simiane La Rotonde 

Over the summer one of our favourite cycle rides took us to the delightful Boulangerie at Simiane-La-Rotonde, just across the border from us towards Banon in the neighbouring Department of Alpes de Haute Provence.   The Boulangerie itself is worth the hour long uphill cycle, but it’s not the only attraction as the village itself…

When does a holiday stop and life begin? 

So that’s it – I’m back in the UK after another long summer at our little place in Provence – Andy’s staying on for another couple of weeks,  as he came out after me and we always want to use the house as much as possible!  I find it hard to understand where the summer…

And Pusscat came too….. 

Back in the UK we’re out every evening (come rain or shine) walking the dog either around the village or up through the gates onto Dartmoor – and there is always something lovely about watching the evening settle to dusk. Here in France though we are without the dog at the moment. She hates the…

A lovely day at the Sault Lavender Festival

I do enjoy a good festival – whether it’s a big County Show in England or a small local food event in France such as The Honey Fair at Goult this year. The Honey Fair in Goult earlier this Summer With that in mind, the signs for the Fete de la Lavande at Sault were…

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…

Not the most relaxing trip back

It’s 9 weeks since I last left the house and returned to the UK. Andy has been down since & our eldest has spent the last month there pottering about improving his French and his Strava times at the same time. It’s felt as if I’ve been counting down the days for the last 9…