Near to Ménerbes in the Luberon.

A misty morning in the Luberon – trees trimmed awaiting spring.

Bon Sainte Valentin!

From across the ocean….. with love always …..

February is the time when Provençal gardens get the big ‘clean up’. Shrubs and trees are trimmed and cleaned for the spring; flower beds prepared to withstand potentially one or two big frosts and then to emerge from winter hibernation.

At the end of Febraury, the fruit trees are pruned; in March the roses and olive trees; and then come the beginning of April, the decorative hedging such as buxes.

Bastide les Amis is no different – in fact the soundtrack of February in the Luberon is the chain saw.

View from Maison Olive’s terrace.

A friend has painted one of our Bastide cats, the inimitable Mr. Worm in a typical pose.

Driving up into Ménerbes

Driving up into Ménerbes

OTT - but great! La Veranda restaurant welcomes guests and Christmas.

OTT – but great! La Veranda restaurant welcomes guests and Christmas.

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The centre fountain at the entrance to the Chateau alsways has some novel items for sale.

 

For over 30 years, Edith Mezard and her team have been doingthe finest hand embroidery of traditional linens and fabrics. Forgot mass-produced, these are the real handiwork and every piece is unique.

Edith works from her home – a 17th Century Chateau (Chateau des Ange) situated in the tiny hamlet of Lumieres between Coustellet and Apt in the Luberon Valley. The chateau has a colourful history – during world War 2, it was a German officers’ mess.

Each year, Edith branches out from her embroidery and sells Christmassy items, unique and carefully chosen. Those in the know, shop early!

For more information, click here.

 

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Near Lumieres in the Luberon.

Near Lumieres in the Luberon.

Spectacular, is the only word to describe the autumn colours this year.

In the foreground, cherry trees turn golden hues. The same trees that delight us every May with their blossoms.

In the foreground, cherry trees turn golden hues. The same trees that delight us every May with their blossoms.

Almost like a model train village.

Almost like a model train village.

The mushrooms are starting to appear!

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Seen along a walking track near Ménerbes – a previous hiker had obviously had a look and rejected the top one.

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They appear in the weirdest places

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Splendour in the Grass (with apologies to Pink Martini)

Health Notice: Mushrooms can be very dangerous unless you know  which ones to pick and eat. Local French pharmacists are the best bet to get an accurate decision on edible or poisonous.

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