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Pool life

Pool life

With those temperatures, we tend to spend looooooots of time by the water, so here is to pool life.. Swimming… dining… even yogiing when the pool deck is turned into a yoga retreat 😉 And into a fashion photoshoot for Mei Line’s pool range… everyone is having their bit of fun 🙂

Soil to table, potager @ la Baye des Anges

Soil to table, potager @ la Baye des Anges

This year again, the kitchen garden has been a blessing… Just steps from the kitchen are growing strawberries, beans, potatoes, salads, tomatoes. healthy eating has never been easier and more delicious 🙂 Feveroles Bourrache flowers Courgettes and spring onions Abricot from the orchard 3 sort of green/purple beans   The tomatoes stands are up! Before:…

Summer

Summer

With summer, comes the lavendin in full bloom in our little field, the cropped is processed into little flowers, and fills up little pouches that will spread they aromas the closets, chasing away unwanted bugs..   Summer is also synonym of lazy summer afternoons, long meals..     When night falls, soft solar lights take over…

May in the kitchen garden

May in the kitchen garden

Because food is quite high in our priorities, especially tasty food, we are monitoring our brand new kitchen garden weekly, and although (or rather because) we only use comfrey as fertiliser, it’s growing like weed: the aromatic square is pretty much filled up by herbs, the courgettes have become immense and already spreading out into…

April in the kitchen garden

April in the kitchen garden

This being the first year, we are watching the kitchen garden closely, in particular the strawberries that are literally turning red before our eyes, very exciting!! We also added quite a few lavender planters on the steps, thereby creating a mini lavender field to attract auxiliary insects, which along with mixed plantation is the base…

The garden project, kitchen garden

The garden project, kitchen garden

Following the happy experience with dry gardening, and thanks to the very inspiring movie “Demain” (see link here) I ended up after quite a bit of research, digesting and making mine the concepts of permaculture in order to apply them to our garden. As all this is a rather long process of observation and planning,…

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…

Season’s Greetings…

Season’s Greetings…

Wishing you a merry Christmas and happy New Year from La Baye des Anges and frosty Provence… and keeping our fingers crossed for snow!   SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

Searching for truffles

Searching for truffles

With winter comes truffle season! Truffles grow under specific kind of oak trees and under very precise conditions of humidity and ground composition. Traditionally, the pigs would be used to find the precious mushroom. We don’t have the famed pigs, but a friend took her gentleman-dog to our place to give it a try, and…

Winter

Winter

Very rarely do we get snow, but we cherish those pictures from the mid 2000 when the snow made everything sparkle under the sun Winter tends to be rather more like this picture. Cold, but a sunny, making the outdoor lounging spaces usable year round … And of course, winter means Christmas!    

Autumn

Autumn

With Autumn comes Halloween..   Our pumpkin carving does look a bit daft compared to Peyrerols chocolate sculpture.. Autumn also sees mushrooms appearing at the market stalls 🙂 SaveSave

Producing olive oil

Producing olive oil

After the first frost, the olives can be harvested. … We have a very modest production, but can still bring it to a mill to be pressed and get our oil back, it’s very satisfying.

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