Provencal village life

Snowy Lacoste, snowed-in in Provence

by Ruth February 5, 2015

So it snowed overnight….30cm of snow. Of course we were totally unprepared, the car was parked behind the house as far away as possible from the main road, the fridge is empty (thankfully we have a larder full of pasta and canned tomatoes!). I captured this moment when my two little ones woke up to […]

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Inside the atelier, a 13th Century cave transformed

by Ruth January 14, 2015
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This past weekend we were invited to lunch in my friend Joannas house, I double, triple checked – “are you sure you don’t prefer that we leave the kids at home with a babysitter?”, surtout pas – Joanna insisted the more the merrier. I hadn’t seen Joanna since this past summer when she showed me […]

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How to care for your truffle treasures, washing, prepping & storing

by Ruth January 4, 2015
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So on Friday my husband and our family found our very first truffles and learned so much about the world of wild truffle hunts, armed with just a toothbrush, a stick and a smile. One thing we have become very good at over the years is learning how to prepare and use truffles …read we […]

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Teasing you with a truffle hunting adventure

by Ruth January 2, 2015
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This morning we embarked on a truffle hunting adventure. The conditions were a tiny bit imperfect, in our favour there was no wind or rain and the sun was shining, not in our favour was the frozen ground which was covered in a thin layer of frost…. not too enticing for truffle flies to lay […]

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Happy New Year – my mothers New Years Eve Lacoste winter wedding

by Ruth January 1, 2015
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I’ve been light on posting over the holidays, too much feasting and too little internet access, and thrown into the mix was helping pull together the wedding day of my mum on New Years Eve. After a few days of strong biting cold Mistral wind and rain – the sun came out and made for […]

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Christmas decorating in the South of France

by Ruth December 23, 2014
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Here is part deux of Christmas in my small corner of Provence. We live in a tiny hilltop village in the Luberon, not so far from the cosmopolitan big towns of Aix en Provence and Avignon but tucked far enough away amidst fields of cherry trees and olive groves that we feel quite removed from […]

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Christmas in Lacoste, Provence

by Ruth December 22, 2014
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So Christmas holidays are here,  school (and childcare) is out till 5th January. No more work for Maman and two energetic kids to entertain (plus the odd friend thrown in for good measure).  I have no option but to put ‘business’ on pause and get the walking boots on and get out and explore the […]

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Postcards from Avignon & the not to be brocante

by Ruth December 8, 2014
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This weekend past I made a futile attempt at treasure hunting. A slow Sunday morning was forgotten for an early morning start, my alarm rang out shrilly at the crack of dawn and bleary eyed I drove 55 mins to find the marché aux puces had been cancelled at the last minute, no reason was […]

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Inside a textile flea market

by Ruth November 18, 2014
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So I wanted to share these earlier but between a sick little boy who is off school and photographing some of the treasures I found at the weekend – I have delayed posting about my treasure truffling excursion at the weekend – so without further ado. I do apologise in advance for the not so […]

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Found treasures, brocanting paper & ephemera

by Ruth November 10, 2014
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I passed a sign for a ‘Depot Vente’, the French version of a consignment store. I’ve passed this store more than a thousand times on my way to leave Charlotte to creche but never had the time to stop and have a look. On a whim, I pulled off the main road and into the […]

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