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From an Abbey to a Chateau and then back to the studio!

December is packed with exciting dates, new exhibitions and hopefully lots of clients!
Why not join in the fun?
To find out where we are & when see here

And if you can’t be here in person you can always buy on-line. Take your pick with Amazon Handmade or Etsy!

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….?

holidays France · Languedoc Roussillon · Life in France

Sit, stare, breath….

As another season draws to a close I can only reflect and be grateful for the time I have once again spent on one of my favourite beaches. No one can strip me of the memories this place holds for me. The comfort these dunes provide and the countless hours I have spent here. Their shape, their sounds and their smells are locked away until next time.

We all have a special place and this is mine.

Where is your special place?

Life in France · Recycled Textile Art

Some things never change….

I started writing this blog way back in December 2007. There have been times of great activity and times of disappearance along the way. This morning I happened to click on one of the tags in the blog and it took me back to a post written in February 2008 where I bemoaned the need for an extra 2 hours in the day and what I would do with those extra 2 hours. I challenged my readers back in 2008 to list what they would do if they had an extra 2 hours. So here is what I would do if someone gave me an extra 2 hours today!

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  1. I would begin to make some much needed cushion covers for the living room – think bohemian!
  2. I would have an attempt to get to grips with the new app for my Fitball!
  3. I would sit in the garden with a glass of rosé and read at least another chapter of my current book – Shadows to Ashes by Tori de Clare

So go on, indulge me – what would you do?