Food & Drink · French · Languedoc Roussillon · Life in France · Luc Sur Orbieu, Aude · Lunes Atelier · Pays Cathare · wine · wine barrel art

Dius à Vol

My old Latin teacher would be quaking in his boots if he realised that I had been mixing up Latin with Occitane. Perhaps it’s a fine line linguistically which could be discussed over a glass of wine or two.

Dius à Vol is an Occitane phrase, (God willed) used by wine-growers to announce the end of the harvest and agricultural year. Back in the olden days, the winemakers organised a party and a dinner to thank the harvesters for their efforts. Nowadays, this tradition has been tweaked to represent an open weekend at wine domaines where the winemakers generously share their wine and “nibbles”. A convivial affair!

So if you are local and fancy joining in, ROQUE Sestière in Luc sur Orbieu is the place to be this weekend. And what’s more, you will also have the opportunity to see some of our wine barrel art furniture!

So Dius à Vol, see you there!

Colour · Gemstones · Life in France · Lunes Atelier · Well Being · women

Pick a number

Way back in 2003 I started working with gemstones. Initially I was drawn to the colour of the stones and produced a range of jewellery based on this as opposed to anything else. Fast forward fourteen years and the majority of my gemstone designs are driven by other motives.

So if you had to choose a particular gemstone which would you go for and why? And can you name the stones….?