May 13, 2018

There are some really interesting old houses in and around L'Isle sur la Sorgue. The house opposite us on rue Denfert Rochereau was one such property. It was akin to an old portly gentleman, with his large 'stomach' protruding into the street. In fact we did wonder how...

May 10, 2018

Simon gathered up all of the stories from our last 6 years of buying and selling property in Provence and has produced a beautifully written and engaging novel. A Piece of Provence is available as a Kindle ebook from Amazon.......

Prologue

I opened an eye. “Read this” sh...

November 7, 2015

When we purchased Le Vieux Platane it did not have an oven. We bought a convection microwave to 'make do' until we could work out what to do. The kitchen will be gutted and renovated at some stage but not in the near future and without doing that we are a limited in wh...

May 17, 2015

It may surpise some to know that Simon and I have quite set ideas in some areas. We call them The Rules. For example we have rules about coathangers - must be wooden, and china - must be white (OK a little bit of blue is acceptable too). Well, walls must be white and e...

May 17, 2015

The floor in the living dining area of Le Vieux Platane is a mix of original tiles - some grey and yellow and the reminder are the old yellow and white terrazzo. Not the worst tiles I have ever seen but not something I would ever have chosen. Given that we don't want t...

April 25, 2015

Simon and I have finally completed the purchase of our latest property on L'Isle sur la Sorgue - Le Vieux Platane (The Old Plane Tree). This charming three bed property is located on a square on the Isle. Elayne our property manager is directing the activities locally...

June 23, 2014

We met the Market Village dwellers for dinner last night. Lori and Sheila, both aged 50 and Americans residing in Vancouver were lovely people and a nice evening was had even if the musical talent in the town didn’t match up to the terrific band from the Harley gatheri...

June 22, 2014

Today we prepared carefully for our trip. The car was fuelled, sweaters found and a deep breath taken for the assault on.....Le Mont Ventoux, 1912m high, geologically part of but separate from the Alps, a visible landmark from all over the region, the "beast of Provenc...

June 21, 2014

Only two more editions from Provence before we head to Paris on the 23rd. Yesterday we went to Gordes for lunch and a bit of a wander. I managed to pick up a lovely linen tablecloth and we bought a bottle of the delightful balsalmic vinegar that we had enjoyed during t...

June 20, 2014

We have been very busy doing bricolage. We have finished the work in the living area at Market Village Apartment - photo below. The room is brighter, we got rid of some furniture and painted some to lighten it up. But today was really all about that fine piece of bathr...

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