It’s a long way from Chatham to Menerbes via Heathrow, Gatwick, Marseilles and having to deal with the customer-friendly UK service personnel.

Well, we made it. Even the arrival of an Air Algeria flight into Marseilles at the same time as us and the subsequent feverish French customs activity (quite a sight as they’re not used to it).

Bastide Les Amis stood proud amongst the autumn leaves as we arrived. The houses look great and had been cleaned to the inch of their lives by the marvellous Veronique.

The Fox-Duncans had done battle with the alarm system and survived to fill the fridge with a delightful dinner.

The Luberon Valley is quiet. The tourists are gone and the locals are taking it back, step by delicious step. The shopkeepers have broad smiles, there is time to chat, the artisans wave instead of looking grimly at the tarmac in case you are wanting to ask them where they are when they will be finished.

Our Bon Promenade vista has changed from the lush green of spring and summer to russet browns and ochres.

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Vonnie’s creative shot of the acorns getting ready for winter – please note the dew drop on the acorn

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The 12th Century village Church – Eglise Saint Luc has now been fully restored on the outside. A magnificent example of restoration:

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View from the side as you approach the Church.

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Renovated front entrance – each piece carved by hand.

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The Vestry stairs now unrecognisable from the rubble heap in June.

It’s wonderful to be back. One lesson from rentals – expect to spend a day re-setting TVs, DVDs, clocks etc etc !

Au bientot

Lovonne and Simon

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