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The Workshop

It’s midday and it’s hot. There isn’t a cloud in the sky and as I push open the door to the workshop, the dark, dusty coolness is a relief. There always seems to be work to do at the hottest time of day, although these days the heat lasts well Read more…

February in France

Like most European countries, France has its fair share of dull days in February.  Add to that the fact that we are literally in the middle of nowhere and the work I do from home is patchy at best, and you start to get the picture.  However, being the self-sufficient Read more…

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…

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…

Indian summer

“a warm, calm spell of weather occurring in autumn, especially in October and November”  [the Met office meteorological glossary] “We could be in for an Indian summer” is something I remember hearing when I was a kid.  The air still and silent in the heat of late afternoon, the smell Read more…

Hello autumn my old friend

It’s that time of year again in the northern hemisphere and I’m excited to be getting out and about with my camera to catch the changing seasons. What seasonal changes are happening where you are?  I’d love you to leave me a comment and let me know ♥