Monthly Archives: December 2016

À la fin de l’année- the end of a tough year

So we walk into our closest large supermarket (UK) & this bottle of crémant de Limoux is on the shelf with all the other bubbles. A bottle of Premiere Bulles rosé, with that toffee coloured tint that so many Southern … Continue reading

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Christmas food

A little late, but Merry Christmas blog-buddies. Every year I tweak the family favourites a little. I may have perfected cranberry sauce– 9 oz fresh cranberries 3 fl oz orange juice 3 oz dark muscovado sugar cinnamon stick or half … Continue reading

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Moroccan tables- tables marocaines

These are rather festive, a saturated red. Basically they are Annie Sloan Emperor’s silk over an ochre-ish base. The top has been rollered, which on this surface gives a slightly, dimpled finish; ideal for rubbing antique wax into. Layered with  … Continue reading

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La cheminée, le cœur de la pièce- or, why the fireplace is key

I’m not dictating what you should do Chez Vous, but for me, the fireplace in any room is key. Left-  from linen & lavender – lifestyle I have two woodburning stoves to fit at the French village house; but if … Continue reading

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Caunes röda marmor — husifrankrike

Grannbyn Caune-Minervois är sedan romarnas tid känd för den unika röda marmor som under sekler utgjort stadens mest betydande industri. Den bryts i en utlöpare av bergen Montagne Noir och har gett staden arbetstillfällen både med brytning och sågning men … Continue reading

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Friday French Property P**n- Des tissus antiques

3 days late FFPP!….This photo made me smile. Not just the fabulous fabric, door surround and floor, but the big lean on that wall to the left. I have a wall like that in every room of the French house. … Continue reading

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Living a double life. Or, me and room service (again)

So, a few weeks ago it was warm enough to sit outside in Limoux, in the autumn sushine sipping cold rosé  wine and  eating cod poached in  Blanquette and finished with crème fraîche. Followed by a  coffee/toffee ice cream in … Continue reading

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