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 gathering a couple of weeks ago. We dined at the Mistral and the restaurateurs are relatively recently back in France after having spent 8 years in Vancouver. Their daughter was visiting from Vancouver and helping out
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 Provence", part of the Tour de France last year - describe it as you will. Richard Mawle had warned us about biting winds, chilling cold and failing to summit. What he didn't warn us about was that driving up Mt Ventou
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 the meal.....and it is made in France! The drive home was via the Plateau de Vaucluse and Saumane where we happened to come upon this impressive driveway.....the plans for the driveway at Denmark, WA have just b
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 bathroom furniture, the toilet. It started in a harmless enough way with the application of some dilute acid to a rust stain. To do this effectively the water to the toilet had to be turned off as it was running gent
Not much business to do yesterday, just a visit to our favourite banker Brave, Brave Sir Robin. OK, it’s just Robin in the branch but yesterday evening was his theatrical debut in his village over near Nimes so we have a few new names for him. His character in this very modern play is attracted to his son’s boyfriend. The other name we have is Robin of Garrigue - the Garrigue being the scrubby woodland in that area. All a bit Monty Python! So, back to holiday activities for o
We were almost going to call it “No Paper Today” but there will be a short news update. We spent the morning at Leroy Merlin (Bunnings on steroids), Auchan (the one at Le Pontet like putting an enormous supermarket and a huge K-Mart together and then enlarging your first idea), Maison du Monde (like Freedom) and Ikea (interestingly, exactly the same layout as the one in WA). We found most things although paint is a bit of a challenge because you can’t see wh
Today we had our buffet delivered - photos below. Also one of Simon in his chair.
We have been detailing and doing some minor repairs at our Market Village Apartment today. I used so much Javel (bleach) that I couldn't sign into my phone using fingerprint recognition!
In between the morning and afternoon cleaning we had our lunch. The desserts were particularly nice - photos below.
Simon's French has moved to a new level today as he and the neighbours engaged in a very
After a week and a half of dead calm the Mistral has arrived - not with a vengeance though, only like a good breeze in Perth. First thing after breakfast I was up taking photos of the satellite dish on the roof of Market Village Apartment to send to Chris the TV man. Trying to balance on the rounded Provençal tiles and hold the iPad still in the wind was a bit of an exercise but the pictures are in the can (or in the 64G of NAND memory chips which doesn’t have the same ring t
Friday was a day spent with people. We started with a coffee with Elayne our new 'Quality Control Consultant' at the Cafe de France. Robin our banker was next with a meeting at the Banque Chaix followed by lunch with both he and Victoria our RE agent at La Prévôté. We sat at the table in the foreground of the photo below with Thelma the border terrier twitching her nose at all the lovely smells. The restaurant has an arm of the river running through the middle which is a bit
Different excuse this time. After our late night and a pretty busy day cleaning and lugging we were early to bed last night (although we are French now so stopped for a couple of hours at lunch and went to Aparté which is right on the river. They have a pipe along the top of their awning which sends arcs of water back into the river for a bit of natural cooling). Still mid thirties every day, very much like an Australian summer until the big, black thunderstorm rolled down of