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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How to find truffles in Provence, an insiders guide

by Ruth January 3, 2015
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Raphael (French Husband) caught the truffling bug four years back, when over an incredible truffle laden winter feast, a friend of ours Gabriel Sobin, hinted at the hidden art of truffling ‘a la Mouche’.  This most gifted truffler has no need for dogs or pigs, they have an exceptional nose, infinite patience, venture out only […]

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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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A celebration of love, light, colour and pure happiness

by Ruth December 26, 2014
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I couldn’t wait to share this ray of love, light, colour and pure happiness with you. I met the talented and lovely photographer Lauren V. Allen this summer when she came into my pop up shop with her family, discreetly snapping photographs as I talked about the history of the silks and ribbons on display. […]

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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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New technology textiles & design; Nervous System and Love & Robots

by Ruth December 19, 2014
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This video blew my mind, I can’t quite get my head around how the science of 3D printing works – but wow the implications for fashion and design are very very exciting. To see them dusting off that block and unveiling their 3D garment with no assembly necessary is just fascinating. “Nervous System has created […]

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Les Petits Bonheurs – Tina Jensen of Tiny Bear Studios

by Ruth December 18, 2014
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Oh the wonders of Instagram, one day you scroll down through your feed, fall down a wonderful rabbit hole of inspiration and come out the other end buzzing with the discovery of exciting talent. This is what happened when I discovered the work of Danish mixed media artist, Tina Jensen who creates under the name, […]

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C’est Dimanche, darling French sewing patterns

by Ruth December 16, 2014
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I discovered this darling French sewing pattern company called, ‘C’est Dimanche’ which creates truly gorgeous doll making patterns as well as clothing patterns for all the family – it’s all very chic and very French. I couldn’t help but be enchanted further when I discovered that the company has been created by a group of […]

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