16 Nov 2014
Provencal Split Personality

Provencal Split Personality

I had a revelation as I waited in the local bank in Saint Rémy de Provence. Banking, a task that would normally have my impatience cranked up to the highest level. I have developed “Provencal split personality”. What is Provencal split personality? And yes, I made this term up. 

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20 Oct 2014
Le Petit Bijou, Saint Remy De Provence

Le Petit Bijou, Saint Remy De Provence

Le Petit Bijou, our holiday rental home in Saint Rémy de Provence, has been up and running for a little over a year now. I would have to say that of all the projects I have been involved in over the years this little jewel has given me the greatest pleasure. It’s the sweetest little

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6 Oct 2014
The French Cadeau

The French Cadeau

“Would you like some parsley?” A strange sentence to start off the week… but a common enough one in Provence. There is a custom in Provence that when you buy your fruit and vegetables, either at the market or in the village shop,  you will be offered a bunch of parsley at the checkout. It’s given with

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31 Aug 2014
A Gypsy Life

A Gypsy Life

For the next little while in London I am going to be living life out of a suitcase… a gypsy life. It’s a question of timing… moving out… finding a new home… waiting for a renovation to be complete… moving in. This kind of thing takes synchronisation and somehow the cogs are crunching ever so slightly.

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18 Aug 2014
Vintage Linens

Vintage Linens

My love affair with vintage linens started with my first visit to Provence in 1995. I could not believe the beauty and the availability. That French families would sell complete vintage trousseau at their local flea markets for very little, seemed unbeliveable to me. I have come to understand that the French don’t appreciate the vintage in the same way as I

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13 Aug 2014
Capturing The Visual Beauty Of Provence

Capturing The Visual Beauty Of Provence

Capturing the visual beauty of Provence is a challenge I never grow tired of. It can be so fleeting; it can be too overwhelming. I want to guard and protect her loveliness in my thoughts. I want to be able to draw upon a stock of memories from Provence when the the urban life becomes all too

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7 Aug 2014
Diary From Provence… Need To Know

Diary From Provence… Need To Know

It is impossible to escape the colour in , especially during the summer season. Wednesday morning’s market in St Remy de Provence swells to double or even triple the size and by 11am, there is scarcely room to move. Each week I am in St Remy de Provence bright and early to buy from my favourite

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5 Aug 2014
Too Many Books… No Such Thing

Too Many Books… No Such Thing

Are there ever too many books? I don’t think so. As much as I enjoy the practicality and freedom of the Kindle and the iPad, nothing beats the beauty of the book. It truly is a case of the more the merrier. Do we buy as many books as we once did? My intentions are there

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4 Aug 2014
Diary From Provence… Chateau De La Motte Fenelon

Diary From Provence… Chateau De La Motte Fenelon

Most years we drive from London to for the summer. A long journey, but there is a certain luxury to your own car and escaping the joys of airports and plane travel. We usually stay somewhere different overnight… a chance to explore new areas of France and to break the journey. This year we stopped in Cambrai at

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21 Jul 2014
Living in France… Feeling French?

Living in France… Feeling French?

Living in France… What makes you feel “French”? What changes you? Living away from your birthplace does re-align your thinking… it’s impossible not too… but I believe the revisions are positive… it’s important to adapt, to be open to new ways of doing things… otherwise we may as well stay put. It’s not about loosing who

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3 Jul 2014
Lavender… The Taste and Scent of Provence

Lavender… The Taste and Scent of Provence

  Lavender another taste and scent of Provence. I ask myself, can I take another shot of lavender? Can I continue to wax lyrical about this purple prince?     I have and I am going to… I can’t help it. Along with the scent and taste of the fig, it is the distinguishing feature of

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16 Jun 2014
The Best Of The Straw Totes

The Best Of The Straw Totes

  Spending time in Provence slows me down. Not in a bad way, in a great way. I believe it has that effect on everyone. Provence, the way it moves… considered, deliberate… confident and knowing… is a place that centres, that grounds.   Surrounded by the textures, the soft colours and the earthy influences… The warmth of

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15 Jun 2014
Postcard From Provence…

Postcard From Provence…

  Another postcard from Provence. I may have mentioned… a million times… that there is something magical in the air in Provence. An elixir, that I wish I could bottle and send to all of you.   A combination of the light, of soft sounds and scents… the rustle of the wind, the running of

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14 Jun 2014
Summer Shades… Sheen Supreme Lipstick

Summer Shades… Sheen Supreme Lipstick

Wandering through the market this week, my eyes were filled with the delicious shades of summer… of peach, of cherry, of strawberry and of melon. Delicate hues, tone on tone… Glorious tints that lit up my day. Strange to be inspired by the fruit in the market place… but that’s what happens sometimes.   They left me thinking

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