Autumn pumpkinsAll is still and quiet apart from the chattering of birds in the treetops and the creaking that inevitably comes with old buildings.  I’m sitting by the open window looking out over the rolling hills of the Quercy area in the Tarn et Garonne.  It’s seventeen degrees and it’s forecast twenty four at the weekend.  Not a bad start to November here in the Midi-Pyrenees.

It’s good to be back in France and it’s good to be back on the blog.  I’ve missed both.  It’s been a long and not unstressful break over the summer so it’s lovely to have some sense of normality and routine again.  And of course autumn is my favourite time of year.  A time for slowing down and reflecting, getting cosy for the winter and thinking about plans for the year to come.  I don’t know whether it’s all those years of school and university but for me autumn always feels like a new start, just like a new school year.

So here we are.  A new start.  This time we are in the Midi-Pyrenees region of France, about an hour or so north of Toulouse between the towns of Montauban and Cahors.  We’re in a small commune set amongst forest and rolling hills that are a patchwork of green and brown right now.

Our new housesit is an ancient 18th century chateau that stands on the top of a hill.  We’ll be here until spring looking after the chateau, the grounds and one very lovely cat.  It’s so nice to have a cat in the house again and I’m so excited about spending the next few months here.  All summer the chateau is a busy venue for craft workshops so we are lucky to have it to ourselves over winter.  We were offered a few different housesits this autumn but this is the one we wanted the most and we were so happy to be accepted.  It all happened so quickly as is often the case and we arrived here at the chateau less than three weeks after our initial contact with the owner.

So now it’s time to take a deep breath and relax into our new home.  Let me show you round……..

Housesitting at the Chateau

This is the archway where the coaches would have arrived at the chateau when it was built in the 18th century.

Le Pigeonnier

At the end of the driveway is the old pigeonnier or dovecote. It used to belong to the chateau but is now no longer part of the grounds and stands on the other side of the road in to the village.

Lovely cat

Our new companion is a very vocal and very lovely Tonkinese cat.

Quercy hills

The views across the rolling Quercy hills. I’m so looking forward to exploring this beautiful area.

The washing line

I was so excited to discover this place to dry my washing in a little walled area of the garden – a great little sun trap.

I feel like I’ve been absent from the blogosphere for so long. I’m looking forward to catching up with all my favourite blogs and finding out what everyone else has been up to.

Happy autumn everyone ♥




Jewels · November 6, 2015 at 5:25 am

Beautiful Elizabeth, welcome back and happy autumn! 🙂

    elizabeth · November 6, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Thank you Julie – it’s good to be back. Happy autumn to you too 🙂

Tara Leaver · November 6, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Welcome back! Was very happy to see your post in my feed. 🙂 Looks like a beautiful place for a fresh start. 🙂

    elizabeth · November 17, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Thank you Tara – it’s nice to be back 🙂

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