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.
A friend has painted one of our Bastide cats, the inimitable Mr. Worm in a typical pose.
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!
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Spectacular, is the only word to describe the autumn colours this year.
The mushrooms are starting to appear!
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.