French lifestyle / 01.10.2019

Two weeks ago, our little girl turned 18 months. 18 months in which I have dedicated most of my time to her. But this summer, at the beach, I saw her look at other kids, holding up her toys towards children passing by and I realised it was time for her to spend more time amongst other children of her age. And it was time for me to start focussing on other things. When I was pregnant, my focus was on finishing all things for the arrival of...

French lifestyle / 14.11.2018

A friend asked me the other day what is so special about Marseille soaps. Every summer one can see these typical blocks of soap on every market. This summer when one of our friends almost bought some of the very commercial little coloured soaps I immediately stopped her and took her to the merchant where I get my soaps. He buys them directly from one of the factories in Marseille and if you are lucky you are one of the first to buy a fresh batch. This is...

Beautiful finds / 10.07.2017

These last few months we worked very hard to finish two more rooms in the house. First of al we wanted to create a new bedroom for my son with a bathroom. My son is visually impaired (tests say he only sees 10% but nobody can tell me what that really means) and he has limited use of his left hand. We therefor wanted to create a bathroom with easy shower access, a bench to sit on while showering and lots of contrasts. I also looked for a...

Beautiful finds / 23.06.2017

Before I knew my British partner I didn’t really know the UK. Yes, of course I had visited London a few times, just for business and holiday weekends. My partner is born and raised in Kent. He comes from a town about 45 minutes by train to London. During our first two years together I have spent a lot of time in the UK and I really had a chance to get to know the way of life there much better. First of all, the supermarkets. Anything you can...

Recipes / 16.06.2017

With the beginning of the summer just around the corner and the very nice weather of these last few weeks, the market stalls are overflowing with fresh summer fruits. Peaches, watermelon, strawberries and of course apricots. Some years the apricots are quite small and difficult to ripen, but this year it's difficult to tell the difference between apricots and nectarines. They are big, juicy and colourful. Time to make apricot jam!! For me its like 'putting a touch of summer in a jar' to be able to enjoy...

French lifestyle / 09.06.2017

Living in Lorgues not only means living in between vineyards and beautiful French country side, but also means living at an hour or less away to some of the coolest places in the South of France. Cannes, Aix-en-Provence, Gorges du Verdon and of course, Saint-Tropez. A few years ago I was asked by a magazine to write a few articles about Saint-Tropez and what you need to see when you go there. I now like to share again with you all the special things that are a definite...

Beautiful finds / 02.06.2017

Do you remember last week's post on all our beautiful finds from the local flea market? This week I was anxious to find a nice place for everything in our house. The coffee table and the two stools were in need of a makeover. I decided to start on the coffee table, thinking it would not be too much work. I already imagined to discover a beautiful wood inlay on the table top. The slight pattern under the thick layer of paint had made me curious. Could this...

Beautiful finds / 26.05.2017

Spring time is for many people also a time of cleaning their house, throw unnecessary items, and even doing some redecorating. In this time of the year each village in our area will organise a 'vide grenier', this means literally 'clean out your attic'.  Going to vide greniers is one of my favorite activities. Nathalie and I decided not to go this time at four o'clock in the morning like some 'professional' treasure hunters do. We don't need to find amazing valuable antiques, as we like to get furniture...

Recipes / 18.05.2017

Every season comes with its own specialties and flavours. Fresh nuts and the smell of clementine’s in autumn, crunchy almonds and pine trees at Christmas, Lilies of the Valley and the first cherries in May. May Day is not only the day of Labor Day, it is also the day to offer a small bouquet of Lilies of the Valley (Muguets in French) to the people we love. This tradition is not new. In ancient Rome, the celebrations in honor of Flora, goddess of flowers, reached their apogee on...

Beautiful finds / 12.05.2017

When we started to think about the layout of our new kitchen we knew for sure we wanted a light and open space this time. I especially wanted open shelving and enough free wall space to be able to display my collection of mirrors and paintings. A space where I could easily change the décor depending on the season. Our kitchen is on the ground level of our house and our living room is on the first level. Both levels face our garden, whereas the other floors with...