Life in France · Luc Sur Orbieu, Aude · Lunes Atelier · Polymer Clay · women

It’s not as easy as it looks….

I ran a great workshop last week for a couple of local residents. Sharon & Frances were determined to learn new jewellery making skills and spent the morning learning how to wire wrap loops & finish necklaces in an elegant manner. They both choose beads from La Perlerie,Frances created a necklace with the main colour being coral whilst Sharon opted for browns and yellows. Whilst they both enjoyed the workshop they admitted that beading wasn’t particularly for them. They have however signed up for the Beginner’s Polymer Clay Class. Watch this space for some more of their photos!

Food & Drink · Photography · Travel

Fish n Chip Special please

As a child I spent many wonderful summer holidays on the north east coast of England at Filey. Now living in France I am unable to visit this lovely fishing village on a regular basis but it still holds a special place in my heart. This photo shows Filey bay at low tide where the rock pools on Filey Brigg are awash with sea life!

Some of the best fish n chips can be had in Filey and of course the only way to eat them is straight from the newspaper! As this video suggests!

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Blowing my own trumpet!

With the studio complete my thoughts can now turn to classes & teaching. It’s funny how I seem to have gone full circle in my teaching capacity. Although teaching someone how to create a piece of jewellery or art object is slightly different from A Level French & Language Consultancy etc.,

The classes at Lunes Bijoux will run as regularly as there is demand. I have decided to work to my clients needs rather than have a rigid timetable. This way the mum with 18 month old twins, the accountant with long hours and the travel rep all get what they want. I’m happy and hopefully they will be. I was amazed with the response at the opening on Saturday.

Below – in French (of course) are the exact course details

Stages de Bijoux* (cours + outils compris / *perles apprêts etc., non compris) – 12€

Bijoux 1-“Fantasy Twig” ou “Multi”

Bijoux 2-“Twangle” (collier / bracelet)

Bijoux 3-Boucles d’Oreilles (3 paires différentes)

Bijoux 4-Objets d’art (à vous de choisir le thème)

Stages – Pâte Polymère (fimo) (toutes fournitures comprises)

Débutant – 30 € (5 heures environ sur 2 jours)

Intermédiaire – 50 € (6 heures environ sur 2 jours)

Plusieurs thèmes et possibilités sont réalisables. N’hésitez pas à nous contacter.

Stages en anglais & français


We are already looking to combine classes with wine tasting opportunities at the local caves, golf, fishing and swimming. The village has several gites alongside B&Bs. And what with the Pays Cathare mark of quality I was award in 2006 I am listed in the main tourist guides for 2008. Hopefully there is a rosy future head for Lunes Bijoux!

Now if you struggled understanding the above in French – have a listen to Jack speaking about his experience with Greek! Fantastic!



Languedoc Roussillon · Life in France · Travel

Off roading at Gruissan-Plage

We have just spent a wonderful lazy Sunday afternoon at Gruissan Plage.

Gruissan is a real mix of old and new. It’s a wonderful sleepy village in the winter and a bustling tourist resort in the summer. On a winter’s day you struggle to find restaurants open; in summer you struggle to get a table!

The old part of Gruissan – Gruissan Village is a circular village with a 13th Century tower occupying the central position. Bastille Day firework celebrations are stunning from the tower showering out across the étang (lake). The sunsets over the lake with their matching flamingos are simply beauty at it’s best!

The beach part of Gruissan is for me divided into two distinct parts, the”sauvage” side (wild) where we went off-roading and the commercial side. The commercial side has row upon row of beach chalets, 1300 in all. I suppose there is a quaintness to them but not on a French scale! They date back to the beginning of the 19th century and even became famous during the filming of Betty Blue. And then there is Gruissan Port with over 1000 berths for boats, restaurants and bars and all the local tourist attractions.

Gruissan is an ideal holiday base, it has so much to offer and for us we have the added luxury of it being only a half hour away from home. So, we are able to pop down to the port out of season and dine in peace, wander around the étangs surrounded by the cackle of flamingos or plunge our way down the dunes in the 4×4! What more could you ask for?