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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… but the scent of the flowers remain overpowering when they are all left to dry in the summer house   The field after trimming: Starting to fill some of the lavender pouches, all hand dyed with natural pigments:

Autumn in the kitchen garden

Autumn in the kitchen garden

September has been quite hot and the kitchen garden keeps happily producing. This year I have added many varieties of onions, and a few peppers… most actually turn out to be way too spicy for us, so they are mostly a photooportunity before being gifted out to some spicy trained palates 🙂     General…

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…

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, you don’t have to leave the property to do that instagramready shot! At the end of the summer, the crop is processed into little flowers, and fills up little pouches that will spread they aromas the closets, chasing away unwanted bugs..    Summer…

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…

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