18 Feb 2013

Postcards From Provence

It’s very quiet here… Apart from the birds, a few shots from the hunters and an occasional chuckle from Apache… there is nothing but the sounds of silence.

The light is clear… so clear that there is a bluish grey tinge over the farm

I look at the fruit trees, pruned and prepped… waiting for their springtime curtain call… and I see the softness of winter colour… the grass, the trunks and the fluffy tops of the olive trees blending so delicately into the lines of cyprus.

February is a clean up month… a pruning month… a time to catch up before the olive trees and all their needs claim our attention once again…

The wood is stacked… the storm of last week felled several large trees… We need to think about planting… it’s always give and take in the countryside…

and the hellebores are smiling… sweet little winter faces… quite alone in the garden… in these winter months…


Have a fabulous day… I’m off to the flea markets to search for treasure… I have been looking through my stash of books to train my eye and gather ideas for Le Petit Bijou

See you next week… xv


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Essentially French: Homes with Classic French Interiors by Josephine Ryan

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Vintage French Interiors: Inspiration from the Antique Shops and Flea Markets of France by Sebastian Siradeau



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Karen in CT

… lovely hellebores, so welcome as the first guests … thanks for the Sunday morning update …. good luck hunting

Karen in CT

Francine gardner

A lovely post! It reminds me of my life on our farm and its cycles. Instead of olive trees, we tended to our vineyards, apple trees, peach trees, prune trees, cherry trees. The tasks were so time specific, with different crews living in the houses scattered on the property. Your farm is a true gem, one can see your passion and love through the perfection of its layout and its care.

Anita Rivera

I am sighing breaths of satisfaction here Vicki, as I have to admit that my dream home is a Provençal mas, as you have here. The sound of silence is the sweetest music to me and always has been. Those notes and chords are the sounds “consacré” to our hearts, to the voice of GOD. Where other earthly place can enhance that sound? Nul autre.

Your farm is looking as if SHE is preparing for an opulent summer, burgeoning in the fruits of the oliviers and the songs of the birds. How lucky you are, how lucky WE ARE to see your world.

Thank you my dear for coming to indulge in the virtual waters I find so soothing. I too am longing for a dip in a blue pool, and in one week, I fly out to my native California. I hope to make it out to the beach (Santa Monica) to just look at the ocean, once again.

Have a fabulous day, Anita

Greet Lefèvre

Oh Vicki,
I always enjoy seeing pictures of your home and the region you live!! As today I can look at them over and over again! And your sweet Apache is as a King overlooking his land!
Ane I want to thank you for your so lovely words on my latest blogpost about the paneling! I so appreciate it!
Have a wonderful Sunday evening!

Susana Kerekgyarto

I love your dog!I have a old Bull Mastiff girl and I love her very much,so much so that I will be devastated when she will not be with me.
I wish I could go with you to the flee market,I have no friends here with similar interest and I decided to move back in Europe end of this year.

Kind regards Susana

Sophia Home

Beautiful pictures of your farm Vicki……….We have had a glorious day here in Kent with that gorgeous light and peace you describe. Hope you had a fun day hunting for treasures!



Our house is in St. Vallier de Thiey just above Grasse and we rarely go in the winter. I love your winter posts because I get to imagine what our house is like in winter. I see it in all it’s spring and summer glory and just assume it goes to sleep all winter!! Keep hoping to get there in winter but hasn’t happened yet. Too much to handle on this end.

Leslie in Portland, Oregon

Thank you for this beautiful post and for including your magnificent Apache in the first photograph. I love the quiet of winter and its lovely light. I am just finishing “Perfume from Provence” and “Sunset House,” Winifred Fortesque’s gorgeous memoirs of the years she lived in Provence (near Grasse) in the 1930’s. Have you read them?

Inspired by your beautiful hellebores, I’m off to check their cousins in our garden! The best to you, Leslie

Leslie in Portland, Oregon

I just checked and found that it was you, in your January 13, 2013 post, who told me about Lady Fortesque’s wonderful books. Thank you so much–the two I have read (see above) are gems!


What could be better than postcards from Provence? Thank you for the beautiful scenes and the wonderful silence. I would love to see and hear more about your olive trees….so foreign to a farm gal in VA, USA where we deal with beef cattle and sheep!


Dear Vicki,
It’s always a joy to see your farm whatever the season………it always looks so beautiful and, even in a photograph, has a wonderful ‘feel’ about it…….. very welcoming and comfortable ( ….. I know what I mean !!!! )
Happy flea market shopping ….. I just know that you will find some very special pieces. XXXX

miss b

Beautiful calm and peaceful scenes! This is a wonderful time of year as we prepare for spring and summer. Today in the UK we have sunshine and clear blue skies – what a treat!


Oh what a beautiful day! Sometimes the silence is the best and most beautiful part of the day.

I hope that you enjoyed the markets, there is always something beautiful to see there. Have a wonderful week.


Lovely post Vicki and the light looks sublime. I did reply on my blog but wanted to also post here in case you missed it. xx

Thank you so much for your comment! I am so delighted you enjoyed the photographs Carla posted as you know how much I have loved seeing her work in your books.
I was fortunate they had a very wonderful make up artist on the shoot and the the YSL éclat hopefully helped to disguise all the late nights working towards deadline.
But it was a beautiful day and a joy to watch Carla work her magic. I am so happy with the photographs. I ordered so many from Carla but couldn’t help myself. They are just something to cherish as you would know so well! I think Carla captured Daisy very well. She is filled with mischief and spark but she caught her more reflective side as well that people often miss because she is such a large personality.
Thank you so much for your congratulations on finishing Currawong Manor. Would love to see the books sell into France. A French Poet’s Cottage would be special.
Much Love to you and your family, I did see John at school pick up and he was also thrilled to see the photos!
Love Josephine xx

leslie nash

Hi Vicki….I love French Essence & My French Life
They are amazing books and I love browsing thru them when I want my “fix” of all things french!!

Rosalie Carmichael

It is early morning here in Southern Western Australia, very still, I think an electrical storm is brewing. The grounds are dry and could do with a long drink. A sail in the bay last night with very light winds brought a conclusion to another hot day. Such a contrast in seasons. The hellebores are such a winter treat. Enjoy your final days of winter.

Georgia Peach

Hi Vicki,

My husband and I have rented a house, inside the old walls of St. Remy, for three weeks this spring. Do you have a list of favorite restaurants that we may try? Thank you for any recommendations and for your beautiful insights into all things French!

Georgia Peach


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