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Christmas at la Baye des Anges

Christmas at la Baye des Anges

Christmas, and it’s emotional cosiness translated into images.. This year I ventured into more involved wreath making as I had a collection of dried summer flowers and thought it would be more in tune with the surroundings: the sweet aromas of sauge greet visitors on the front door.              Table runner: hand…

Baking Christmas biscuits at la Baye des Anges

Baking Christmas biscuits at la Baye des Anges

We have strong german Christmas traditions in the family, as my mother in-law is German and we both grew up in Strasbourg. This year, we documented the tastiest of them: Christmas biscuit baking with the wise guidance of my in law, doing that kind of things four handedly makes it definitely quite fun. The winter…

Halloween @la Baye des Anges

Halloween @la Baye des Anges

Ever since living in the states, we have picked up on the carving pumpkin part of halloween… However, this year has been special, as we have our own home grown veggies to carve!! Do I look comfy?! It’s almost like I grew up that way!! Admiring the view.. Checking out the party grounds.. And finally,…

Harvest in Provence des papes

Harvest in Provence des papes

September is harvesting time, when the whole countryside seems to suddenly fill up with tiny tractors transporting huge amounts of grappes and the air fills with aromas, it is a very special time to experience. We are lucky to live in a serious winemaking part of Provence: there is of course famous Chateau-Neuf-du-Pape nearby… Some…

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…

Pool life

Pool life

With those temperatures, we tend to spend looooooots of time by the water, so here is to pool life.. Swimming… Hanging out.. 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 🙂 The…

Summer

Summer

With summer, comes the lavendin in full bloom in our little field, you don’t have to leave the property to do that instagramready shot!    Summer is also synonym of lazy summer afternoons, long meals (made a bliss by the kitchen garden steps off the kitchen that gives out it’s summer bounties!) … and far…

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

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