The first noel…

Christmas and New Year were fab!  Over Christmas, we had guests in the big house and family visiting us in our cottage.  There was lots of prep in advance and both Aulagnes and our own place looked beautiful, decked out with Christmas trees and decorations and all the trimmings.   The local village Blanzac was decked […]

New hobbies!

As well as hosting our B&B guests, autumn’s also seen us take up a few hobbies, both indoor and outdoor.   On the cold wet days, we’ve gotten into making chutney (Charlie’s persimmon chutney the biggest hit!), soup (Olive’s carrot, cumin & coriander is perfection in a bowl!) and sloe gin.  On the finer days, we’ve rolled […]

Seasons Changing

Nature is literally on our doorstep here and as the seasons change, the landscape changes too.  Last month, the farmers were busy with the harvesting, and as they moved from field to field, the colours changed before our very eyes.  The vines are being pruned at the moment too – all by hand and with […]

Third stop…Cognac

When we first visited Aulagnes we were bowled over by its beauty and elegance.  It is a French country house – the primary house of the local region – and has been tastefully restored by a family whose love and care of the place is everywhere to see. From the moment we arrived, we felt […]

Second stop…Carcassonne

Our search for care-taking opportunities brought an offer to look after a property in a rural part of Occitanie and only an hour from the historic city of Carcassonne.  We were thrilled to have been accepted and even more bowled over when we arrived at our destination – the most beautifully restored farmhouse perched on […]

First stop…Provence

First stop on our French adventure was picturesque Provence…with its beautiful lavender fields, expansive skies and quaint hillside villages each more beautiful than the next, we couldn’t have asked for a better start. By happy coincidence, some friends had just bought a house there which needed lots of work done – including the taming of […]