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Lavender crop 2019 @la Baye des Anges

Lavender crop 2019 @la Baye des Anges

This year, the crop has been quite late as we where very busy with guests… so by the time we trim the flowers, they are already quite dry and the aromas are quite overpowering! The field after trimming: Starting to fill some of the lavender pouches, all hand dyed with natural pigments: We gently let…

Lavenders in Sault, not just a pretty picture

Lavenders in Sault, not just a pretty picture

It might come as a surprise, but lavenders are not grown only to be featured on instagram… They are actually used to produce essential oil. Here is the process at Aroma’Plantes, a distillery in Sault, filled with the intoxicating aroma of Provence’s darling. The beauty: The beast: The lavender gets steamed in those big tanks…

Baronnies, the hidden gem of Provence

Baronnies, the hidden gem of Provence

Since this is the time of year when one should really talk about lavenders, I thought I would take you to some place off the beaten tracks. The Baronnies are the first hills that we encounter when leaving Vaison-la-Romaine towards the Alps, it is Provence’s best kept secret. A nirvana for cyclists, it is also…

The garden project, dry garden

The garden project, dry garden

Like many people, I have been brainstorming about how to make the future better (or just less worse maybe ?) for our children. An intelligent use of the property we are lucky enough to have seemed to be one of the obvious way forward. Instinctively, the manicured green-lawn model just didn’t seem right in our…

Lavender country

Lavender country

Sault is one of the 3 villages from which the cyclists start climbing the Mont Ventoux. Around Sault is where you will see the extravagantly purple lavender fields. It’s also worth stopping at one of the distilleries to see how the essential oil is produced, take the intoxicating aromas, and buy your stock of lavender…

The summer house, and the lavender field

The summer house, and the lavender field

The summer house is set in a renovated garden shed at the top of our lavender field. I designed a u shaped sofa running along it’s wall, for leisurely hours spend in the freshness of the stone walls with a lovely garden view. During the summer, our crop of lavender flowers is harvested and put…

Slow living in Provence, fast cycling on Mont Ventoux…

Slow living in Provence, fast cycling on Mont Ventoux…

Time flows gently at La Baye des Anges. Life is centered on very simple needs like eating, sleeping, spending time with loved ones. It’s all about what we shall have for breakfast / aperitif / lunch / dinner, endless meals, lounging by the pool and various activities around the garden. Rarely do our guests leave…

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