A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to do a pop-up event with my jewellery, in the cellar of our friends’ newly restored town house and apartments in the centre of Apt Cent Cinq . I say cellar, but this was the most beautiful, vaulted stone room, set below the house on the … More Apta Julia – The hidden history of Apt
If you are a regular reader of the blog, you will know that the Boulangerie at Simiane-La-Rotonde, just across the border from us, in the neighbouring Department of Alpes de Haute Provence, is by far our favourite. The Boulangerie itself is worth the hour long uphill cycle, but it’s not the only attraction as the … More Stepping back in time at Simiane
In the centre of the pretty village of Saint Saturnin les Apt is a peaceful square (home to the vibrant Tuesday morning market), and to one side is a small garden area that sits in front of a stark stone wall, which is a memorial to the dramatic and devastating events that happened there on … More Reminders of the Resistance in Provence
Yesterday morning I cycled up to Roussillon for the weekly market and to sit on the wall enjoying the view and the vivid colours of the Ochre cliffs that define the village. When I arrived it was lovely & quiet and I popped into the Boulangerie to buy breakfast, where I ended up chatting to … More The Legend of Roussillon – a tale of illicit love and a tragic end!
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 … More When does a holiday stop and life begin?
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 … More A lovely day at the Sault Lavender Festival
I can’t help it – I love any opportunity to fuddle around an Antiques & Brocante market in France and over the August Bank Holiday weekend the Antiques Art and You Festival – http://foire-isle-sur-sorgue.fr/en/home/ ….takes place in pretty L’Isle Sur La Sorgue and it’s now becoming rather a fixture in our Summer calendar. Yesterday … More From Silver to Shrek – Antiques & Art in L’Isle sur La Sorgue
A few years ago now we headed across to Les Baux-de-Provence with our boys, after having seen the spectacular site in the helicopter footage during the coverage of the Tour de France, which unsurprisingly is essential viewing in our house! Les Baux-de-Provence sits atop a rocky promontory on the Southern side of Les Alpilles not … More Treading in ancient footsteps at Les Baux-de-Provence
It’s nearly 9pm and it’s still around 30 degrees on the terrace this evening. The weather over the last couple of weeks has been bizarre, ranging from the day I got in the car at Uzès to see the display reading 47 degrees to a week ago when the temperature dropped to an unseasonable low … More A Beach, a Gorge & Waterslides – 3 cool & wet places in Provence for the summer.
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 … More An opportunity for a night away & Sommières Brocante