About Me


Well hello there!

I’m Ruth, a 34 year old dabbler, mother, artist, insatiable collector of threads, recent convert to life in the slow lane, and, as my french relatives would say, a gourmande. I can lose hours in my atelier, dreaming up pretty things, and in November 2011 I opened my etsy shop, Rubanesque, transforming little treasures from my husbands grandmothers attic into jewellery. Four years later and I opened my second (ad)venture, Exquisite Threads, selling some of my found textile treasures and family heirloom silks.

I’m married to Raphael, a very funny and romantic (he was born on Valentines day thus “born to love”) french man and I’m a proud maman to an energetic, 5-year-old, Louis (whose escapades led me to start my original blog and name it ‘Le Petit Coquin’ or ‘The Little Rascal’ in french) and 2 year old Charlotte. Indeed, starting a family was the major catalyst in our decision to make the BIG move from Ireland to Provence, our dream was to find a simpler life, one which enabled us to spend more time as a family, and to live life more passionately and not feel like we were commuting the years away!

Fast forward five years and it has been the best decision ever, you can read more here….and I’m hoping to share our adventures in France; to regal you with tales of truffle hunting, early morning antique treasure hunts, food-induced comas, heavily laden fig trees, and errant village dogs. And of course talking about life in France wouldn’t be the same without discussing the wonderful idiosyncracies of French bureaucracy, or indeed how to best cut cheese when the cheese plate is passed to you…..all this to an attempt to hopefully intoxicate you with the potent and contagious ‘joie de vivre’ that living in Provence brings!

I hope you enjoy!

Here are a few of my favourite posts from Lacoste…..

Even the Doors in Lacoste have personalities, and here are a few of my favourite spots.

Snapshots of Lacoste, in May,  in June, in July, wonderful summer parties. in October, in November, in misty December.

Truffle hunting …just follow the fly (Chasse a la Mouche) and a simple recipe for making an out-of-this world Truffle omelette.

The Castle which the infamous Marquis de Sade spent his days wrecking havoc on the poor innocent villagers.



All writing and photography on Le Petit Coquin is Copyright Ruth Ribeaucourt © 2009-2014 unless indicated otherwise. All rights reserved. If you wish to use any of my pics please just email me at ruthribeaucourt at gmail dot com

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