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a hot one...

Bonjour mes belles,

This week many parts of France are preparing for a heat wave which will see temperatures in the early 40's and it is expected to last for a week or so.

France has never experienced temperatures like this in the 100 years that they have been recording weather patterns and some put this down to global warning.

As I write this the locals are busy doing everything they need to do before the temperatures start to rise during the course of the day, reaching a high of 41 today.

A good day to stay somewhere cool, underground caves spring to mind but I have a feeling that many will be thinking the same thing.



Lascaux is famous for its cave painting which are 17,000 years old and were discovered by four teenage boys in 1940. You can read more about the caves here.

It takes an hour and half to drive there from our house and it is one of the top 10 things to do when visiting the Dordogne.

très bonne semaine à tous, Leeann x




bon week-end...

where ever you are, what ever you are doing, I hope you have a fabulous weekend...Leeann x

French food Friday...Madeleines With Almonds and Apricot Glaze

photo and recipe from here Bonjour mes belles,

As you know I love making madeleines and am always on the lookout for a new recipe to try hence this one was right up my alley.

Yield:Makes 16 madeleinesActive time:20 minutesTotal time:1 hour 40 minutesSpecial equipment:  madeleine tin   IngredientsFor the Madeleines:1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon (3.17 ounces or 90 grams) unsalted butter, cubed, plus more for greasing2 large eggs1/2 cup (3.5 ounces or 100 grams) granulated sugar1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon (3.17 ounces or 90 grams) all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powderPinch of kosher salt1 1/2 tablespoons milk1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract1/4 teaspoon almond extract2 tablespoons shaved almondsFor the Glaze:3 tablespoons apricot jam1 tablespoon water
Procedures1. For the Madeleines: Heat the butter in a heavy-bottomed and preferably light-colored saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until foaming subsides and butter…

our holiday in 18 photos...

This was the first thing that we saw when we arrived, the sea air smelt fabulous...
How could you not fall in love with the stunning ile de re...
Nothing nicer than having lunch overlooking these beauties.....
There were roses everywhere, I think that the sea air agrees with them....
Lots of lovely shops....
There were seas of poppies everywhere, I can see why a lot of artists base themselves here, it is an inspiring place...


Unpoilt beaches, reminds me a bit of New Zealand....

Even the publicity is chic....

I fell head over heels with Chateau Oleron....


So colourful and full of character...

La Rochelle was lovely as always and we enjoyed the cycle tracks along the coast.... 

Then we stumbled across a magic place where we found that a fellow kiwi had left his mark...

Such a fabulous surprise,  a real secret place....
Loved the detail and the owners of the hotel where we stayed did not know that this fabulous work of art existed...

Bonjour été..

Summer has officially arrived which sounds a little odd to me, having just coming back from a week's holiday by the coast.

Such a fabulous and very relaxing break, it was exactly what we needed. So for those of you planning a trip to France, you must add La Rochelle and Ile de Re to your list of places to visit.

Loved the laid back attitude of the locals, the fabulous food, miles of cycling tracks and the sea air.

I hope to have time to share some of our holiday snaps with you later in the week....

très bonne semaine à tous, Leeann

bon week-end...

Here is one  of the photos that I took whilst we were on our break by the sea.... bon week-end à tous, Leeann x

Having a fabulous time...

We are taking a bit of a break before the season starts......back soon!

à trés bientôt mes belles, Leean x

la belle vie...

Bonjour mes belles,

I hope that you have had a fabulous weekend. Ours was spent hunting for treasure and French Boyfriend found a fabulous clock which I will take a photo of later today.

Being a morning person, there is nothing I like better than a walk around the village before the village starts waking up. This morning was no exception and I arrived at the boulangerie just as the cakes were being so beautifully placed, one by one, in the display cabinet.

Unfortunately I did not have my camera with me, but once I had finished my breakfast duties I snapped this photo of our neighbours window box. It is stunning and an example of how much pride the French ladies take in looking after their loved potted gardens.

 La belle vie is an expression that springs to mind as the French never seem to be rushed or stressed and calmly go about their busy and refuse to change for the sake of change.

Charming and bewitching are words that spring to mind...France you cast a spell when it is least expect…

French Food Friday...Brie with Nuts & Honey

recipe and photo from here Bonjour mes belles, We have a lot of cheese chez nous at present and this is a great way of serving brie. Brie is a bit bland on its own but with the addition of fruit and honey it turns into something a bit special... Brie with Nuts & Honey You will need: 1 small whole ripe wheel of brie, room temperature 1 small pear 6 sage leaves 6 to 8 walnuts honey Place brie on a platter and add pear, sage, and walnuts.Drizzle with honey and serve with bread and crackers.

très bon vendredi à tous, Leeann x

A favourite of mine...

photo from here

Bonjour from a very sunny and warm Eymet,

Today is going to be the hottest day so far, 36 degrees and tomorrow is also going to be another hot way.The heat wave is a result of very hot temperatures in North Africa which are being pushed in our direction.

As you know I love venetian mirrors and I am a fan of Philippe Starck. He appears to also love venetian mirrors and uses them on a lot of his projects.

A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to have the chance to purchase a fabulous and very large vintage venetian mirror.

It is bound for the wall of the bedroom in our latest project, Maison No. 26.

Not only is it large, it is also very heavy so it will need something substantial when it comes to fixing it to the wall.


I am off to look for some curtain tieback hooks, why is it that the smallest of items can take the longest time to source...I think it is a "girl" thing. 


à demain, Leeann x

bonjour juin...

photo from here Love this photo as it has a certain calmness about it. May was a hectic month for both of us work wise but June should be a more relaxing month for us.  Lazing in a hammock by the beach comes to mind along with a couple of days hunting for antiques. Nothing wrong with mixing business with a bit of pleasure....or should I say a lot of pleasure with a bit of business... amicalement, Leeann x p.s. In case you are wondering I have not finished the painting yet but I hope to spend the rest of the week doing some more!