Solstice sun and festive fun

The sun is streaming through the windows here in southwestern France, Nina Simone is playing in the background, I’m making my own watercolour Christmas cards, and it really doesn’t feel like the shortest day of the year.  But winter solstice it is, despite the fact that I’m still harvesting herbs Read more…

Autumn at the Chateau

All 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 Read more…

In the Garden

It’s amazing what a difference a few days can make to a garden.  We were away last week for a wedding.  When we left France it still felt like winter but when we returned six days later it was to a beautiful spring heatwave.  The two hour trip from Bergerac Read more…

My favourite herbal infusion of fresh lavender, chamomile, peppermint and lemonbalm (melissa)

Fancy a cuppa?

It’s a hot summer’s evening and the ground is baking.  I’ve just cooled off with a cold outdoor shower and the heat of the earth is warming me from the feet up.  I sit on the swing under the ancient chestnut tree wrapped in a towel and breathe in the Read more…

A time for baking

It’s early.  I’m up before the sun and the air in the cottage is cold after a night below zero.  There is a frost on the ground and through the kitchen window all looks still, bar the occasional blackbird flitting around on the gravel path. The sky still looks grey Read more…

The Bay

It’s early morning as I slip out of the cottage door and head down the short lane alongside the garden.  There’s a faint pink glow in the sky as the sun starts to rise behind the clouds.  The tide is high in the bay and there’s almost no room to Read more…