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62 metres and 160 guests

 France was chosen as the first country for King Chares and Queen Camilla\'s first royal visit and France went all out last night.The chosen venue wa...
21-09-2023 19:31

Italian Grape Cake Recipe

 It is harvest time here in SW France and  we have lots of lovely freshly picked grapes.French Boyfriend is infact 50% French and 50% Italian as his...
15-09-2023 19:32

So lovely

 I love everythng in this photo ?Leeann x ...
14-09-2023 19:30

Wish you (and we) were here

 September is turning out to be another very hot month in France and I just wish that we were here...belle journe a tous ?Leeann x ...
13-09-2023 19:30

Pray for Morocco

 Our hearts go out to everyone touched by the earhquake that has affected many in Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains. Our prayers and thoughts are wit...
11-09-2023 19:32

Time to get the pearls out

 I think it is time ti get the pearls out ladies, I am loving this look.It is easy to achieve as most of us have jeans and a jumper in our wardrobes....
07-09-2023 19:34

Cabinet de Curiosite

 Today I am in "cabinet de curiosite" mode.This is a great way of displaying favourite and unusual items you have collected. Whilst living in Dubai,...
05-09-2023 19:41

French food Friday - Roasted beetroot & goat's cheese salad

 The weather here has been very strange. Lasr week we roasted as we had a heatwave, this week started off chilly and saw us bring out thicker bedcove...
02-09-2023 19:32

Busy getting busy

 I think I need another weekend to recover from the weekend.Yesterday was a very long day as my day started at 4am and it was action packed starting ...
28-08-2023 19:30

A French Country Kitchen

 Bonjour from a very hot SW France,We are in the middle of a heatwave which is going to stay for the next couple of days.It is much too hot to cook b...
23-08-2023 19:23

French Food Friday - Oven Cooked Plums

It is that time of the year in SW France, it is plum season and tomorrow we will be up early to go plum picking. Today\'s recipe is a sim...
18-08-2023 19:28

Oysters and White Wine

 How fabulous is the advertising for Eymet\'s  annual Oyster and White Wine festival"Fabulous and very French!Belle journe a tous ?Leeann x ...
16-08-2023 19:31

Marie Antoinette's bedroom

 I thought we would start the day with a peak into ...
10-08-2023 19:29

It's not just me, it's everybody

 We recently received a message from a customer saying thanks for sending his order so quickly to Canada, he had purchased a vintage French sailor\'s...
09-08-2023 19:29

Bonjour to a brand new week

I could not resist taking a photo of our friend\'s window display in his newly opened antique shop.It reminds me just how much I adore antique and vin...
07-08-2023 19:28

French Food Friday - Compote de mirabelles

 How yummy does this mirabelle compote look.I can assure you it tastes as good as it looks in this photo as this is what I had for my breakfast this ...
05-08-2023 19:24

Setting the table

 A local chateau is currently hosting an exhibition on exceptional table settings from the 17th to the 20th century.As you know I love setting the ta...
02-08-2023 19:22

Au revoir Juillet, bonjour Aot !

 Well hello August, Wishing you all a fabulous month and here\'s hoping it is not too hot.amicalement ?Leeann x ...
01-08-2023 19:28

Sundays are made for Shopping

 Bonjour mes belles,I hope you had a lovely weekend.We had a fabulous weekend with lots of lovely sunshine and it was not too hot.We spent Sunday mor...
31-07-2023 19:26

French Food Friday - Apricot-Almond Clafouti

It is apricot season here and we have bowls full of them so it is time to get baking. Originally from the Limousin region of France, clafouti is sor...
28-07-2023 19:30

Hermes & Yoga

 After seeing this image, I think I need to up my yoga attire...Belle journee a tous ?Leeann x...
25-07-2023 19:27

I saw the crown of France laying on the ground, so I picked

 We are counting the days until this ...
19-07-2023 19:27

Au revoir Jane B - A National Treasure

 What a woman, in every sense of the word.We thank you for being you and making the world a brighter and more interesting place.You brought magic int...
17-07-2023 19:27

Bonne Fete Nationale/ Happy Bastille Day

Happy Bastille Day. Bonne fete Nationale La France ? Leeann x...
14-07-2023 19:27

Fields of gold

 Summer is sunflowers ?Belle journe a tous,Leeann x ...
12-07-2023 19:27

How could I resist

 When I was around 3 years old, my Great Aunt Ruby gave me the choice  of having a small doll or a very large doll, that was bigger than me. I picke...
11-07-2023 19:26

Playing in my doll's house

 I took this photo yesterday and I like to think of it as the calm before the storm.Sometimes I think that our house is like a dolls house and I smil...
06-07-2023 19:25

French Food Friday - Monet's Mousse aux fraises

photo and recipe from here Bonjour mes belles, You do not get more French than Claude Monet and this week\'s recipe is one of my favourites as i...
30-06-2023 19:26

Reaching for the sky

 It never ceases to amaze me how high these holyhocks grow, it is as if they are reaching for the sky....Belle journe a tous ?Leeann x ...
29-06-2023 19:25

Summer holiday vibes

 Wish you were here or should I say we wish  we were there.Merci to Gucci for making us wish we were on holiday ?Leeann x ...
28-06-2023 19:27

Springing into action

It always amazes me how quickly our grape vine grows. All it needs is a little bit of rain and next minute it is sprouting in all directions.Fingers ...
27-06-2023 19:28

French Food Friday - Chicken Nicoise

Bonjour from a humid SW France,Last week it was salmon nioise, this week it is chicken nioise.  The French do the best rotisserie chicken so it...
23-06-2023 19:27

Date night with Johnny

 Every Wednesday night the cinema comes to  our village and last night the chosen film was Jeanne du Barry, a film about the favourite mistress of L...
22-06-2023 19:29

Happy Solistice 2023

Happy Summer solistice to those of you in the same hemisphere and happy Winter solistice to those of you in the southern hemisphere. demain?Leea...
21-06-2023 19:30

Every girl needs one or two

 Looks like the humble French baguette is this summer\'s  accessory thanks to ...
20-06-2023 19:29

Frefnch Food Friday - Salmon Nioise Salad

 Salad season is well and truly here as summer has arrived early in SW France. I liked the look of this recipe as it uses salmon instead of tuna.We ...
16-06-2023 19:28

Pretty in Pink

 Something ...
15-06-2023 19:28

Blue & White

 Merci to Louis Vuitton for reminding us just how fabulous blue and white are together.Belle journee a tous ?Leeann x ...
14-06-2023 19:28

French essentials

 Some French essentials;a straw sun hat,shopping basket,and some pearls.amicalement from a sunny SW France?Leeann x...
13-06-2023 19:27

Italy on my mind

 How stunning is this room"  If you click on this link to this fabulous villa, you may never want to return.It really is one of the most beautiful ...
07-06-2023 19:30

One can never have too many

 One can never have too many chandeliers, candles or flowers. I ? this photo.Belle semaine a tous ?Leeann x ...
05-06-2023 19:30

French Food Friday - Frise Salad with Bacon-Shallot Vinaigr

  recipe and photo from here     This week\'s recipe is perfect for summer - it is simple yet delicious.It is perfect for lunch, combined wit...
02-06-2023 19:27

Love this CD

 I recently borrowed this CD from our local library. Browsing through CDs is so much nicer than browsing on a streaming device hence my ever growing...
30-05-2023 19:25

Foodie Friday - Swedish Cinnamon Rolls (Kanelbullar)

 Every now and then, one needs a change. So this I decided to make some sSwedish Cinnamon Buns aka Kanelbullar.French Boyfriend loved them and said t...
26-05-2023 19:25

My type of bar

 Looks like the perfect place for a drink.Belle journee a tous ?Leeann  x ...
24-05-2023 19:26

No means no

 About a month or so, we started to have a furry visitor appear outside our kitchen window.It turned out to be our friend\'s cat who asked if we woul...
23-05-2023 19:27

French Food Friday - Salted caramel sauce

This has to be one of my all time favourite recipes.You can use it as a biscuit filing, sauce for ice cream, cheesecake etc. You can just about c...
19-05-2023 19:27

Cannes Film Festival 2023

 The Cannes Film Festival starts today with the latest Johnny Dep film, where he plays Louis XV and speaks French.  We cannot wait to see this film...
16-05-2023 19:28

French Food Friday - Petits Pains Chauds du Matin

 I think these French Bread Rolls may just be the best thing I have made this year.The French serve them warm for breakfast but we both ate them for ...
12-05-2023 19:27

Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup

 I love this French quote....Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup?Eat well, laugh often, love a lot?Leeann x ...
10-05-2023 19:31

Lest we forget - Victory Day 1945

 Lest we forget ?Leeann x ...
08-05-2023 19:29

Food fit for an English King - Coronation Quiche

 I am looking forwrd to watching the coronation of Charles III tomorrow.The most difficult decision will be what to eat on the day.The official coron...
05-05-2023 19:30

Orange and pink

Two of my "new" favourite colours ?Orange & Pink.a demain mes belles ?Leeann x ...
04-05-2023 19:30

After the rain

 After the rain we had last week, everything is looking lovely and luscious.Belle semaine a tous ?Leeann x ...
02-05-2023 19:29

French Food Friday - Strawberries in Champagne with crme Ch

photo and recipe from here   ? Bonjour mes belles, I hope that you are having a fabulous week. The sdtrawberry season is underway in France s...
28-04-2023 19:28

The Marie Antoinette Effect

 Her life may have been short but her legacy lives on.Chateau de Versailles is one of the most visited places in France and I imagine deciding which ...
25-04-2023 19:26

Happy Earth Day 2023 ?

10 ways you can help the Earth....1. Turn off the lights2. RECYCLE3. Save leftovers4. Be nice to the worms5. Share a book6. Plant a tree7. Use both si...
22-04-2023 19:27

French Food Friday - Chicken, bacon and mushroom vol-au-vent

 I have not had a vol-au-vent since I was a child growing up in New Zealand.After seeing this recvipe I am inspired to make some this weekend.Chicken...
21-04-2023 19:26

In full bloom

 One of those moments, when you simply stand still and think wow.Not only does it look beautiful, it smells divine.Belle journe a tous ?Leeann x ...
20-04-2023 19:27

Every house needs a couple of these...

 We already have a few mirrors like these and I think a few more maybe on the cards after seeing this photo from one of my favourite French brands.Be...
17-04-2023 19:29

Crowning glory

 Just what every girl needs, a bed crown fit for a princess. You can find this photo and some other lovely bed crown images here.Belle journe a tou...
12-04-2023 19:25

Italian Chic

 Bonjour mes belles or as they say in Italy "ciao mie belle",I hope you are enjoying your Easter break.This morning I thought I would share with you ...
10-04-2023 19:27

Happy Easter/Joyeuses Paques

 ?Happy Easter ??Joyeuses Paques ?Leeann x ...
09-04-2023 19:25

An Easter Treat - Matcha Bunny Cookies

 Easter is finally here and we are looking forward to a lovely sunny long weekend.Matcha and chocolate go well together and as you know, I love my ma...
07-04-2023 19:24

The Easter bells ? les cloches de Pques

 The Easter bells ? les cloches de PquesOne of the main French Easter traditions are the Easter bells or les cloches de Pques. Today on Maundy Thu...
06-04-2023 19:27

Not long to go now

 There are not many days to go now until Easter is here and I am looking forward to the weekend.I love these ...
03-04-2023 19:26

French Food Friday - Petits pains la betterave

If you love beetroot, you will love this recipe.I have made them a few times and we are now addicted to them. French Boyfriend eats his with goats che...
31-03-2023 19:25

Home made Easter Decorations

 Love this idea of using vintage chocolate molds to make easter decorations.The standing rabbit is gorgeous as is this hanging bunny decoration.For a...
31-03-2023 19:25

Violets are blue

 Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet and I love you ?Leeann x ...
31-03-2023 19:25

Lost in time

 We have advanced the clocks an hour today. We are now on summer time which seems most odd as today it has turned colder and it is raining.Bon diman...
26-03-2023 19:20

Just arrived

 Just a quick note to let you know that we have just received a lot of Vintage Bunny Rabbit Chocolate Molds, most of which were made by Anton Reiche,...
23-03-2023 19:22

A Labour of love

 Last year one of our antique chocolate molds was purchased by a Scottish Chocolate Maker.The bunny you see in the photo was made using our mold, it ...
23-03-2023 19:22

Love these tiles

 Love these tiles and the stairs are gorgeous.Belle journe a tous ?Leeann x ...
21-03-2023 19:23

Easter will soon be here

 I cannot believe that we have less than 3 weeks until Easter is here.The weather is warming up and we have finally got the rain we so badly needed.T...
20-03-2023 19:27

French Food Friday....Irish Coffe la menthe

I thought that since it is Saint Patrick\'s day today, a recipe with a touch of Irish is required.....Irish Coffe la mentheIngredients500 ml coffee6...
17-03-2023 19:29

A sure sign

 .....that Spring is well and truly on the way.Such a beautiful sight and I only wished the stunning flowers lasted longer than they do.In the meanti...
15-03-2023 19:30

french food Friday...Chocolate Almond Souffle

photo and recipe from hereBonjour mes belles,It has been a very busy week and I am in need of a chocolate fix - I think that this will do nicely...Cho...
10-03-2023 19:27

Happy International Women's Day

Happy International Women\'s Day/Journe Internationale de la Femme.Today  is a day to take the time to reflect on all you have achieved and all the ...
08-03-2023 19:28

The King is coming to visit

 What would Louix XVI make of the news, I wonder"There is an article in the French newspaper telling  us that King Charles III and the Queen Consort...
07-03-2023 19:30

Mixing old with new

 The latest trend in France according to a leading interior design magazine,  is mixing old with new.This is something most of us having been doing ...
04-03-2023 19:30

French food Friday...Clafoutis sal d?pinards au saumon

photo and recipe from hereBonjour from a chilly SW France,Today I am in the mood for something savoury and this recipe is perfect. The recipe appears ...
03-03-2023 19:30

Love the panelling

 How gorgeous is this panelling" Not only goes it look fabulous, it is also practical as it protects the walls.I would love some just like this for ...
28-02-2023 19:25

Patience is a virtue

photo from the fabulous Rodney SmithI have said this before and I will say it again.Life is a waiting game and it is a game that I am not terribly fon...
27-02-2023 19:25

French food Friday - Provencale fish

 I am not in  the mood for spending hours in the kitchen this weekend so this recipe appeals to me.Quick, easy, healthy and French -  what more cou...
24-02-2023 19:34

A la mode ?

 Marie Antoinette may not have lived a very long life but her name and reputation lives on.An article titled Tendance Marie Antoinette caught my eye ...
22-02-2023 19:30

Where is the rain"

 I never thought I would be asking for rain in February but we have not had any rain for 22 days. The rivers and lakes are drying up and there is a ...
20-02-2023 19:27

French Food Friday - Matcha Madeleines

 As you know I love matcha and  the French appear to love it as much as I do.So this weekend my plan is to whip up some yummy matcha madeleines.This...
17-02-2023 19:27

The price of love ?

 ?Le prix d?Amour, c?est seulement Amour? Il faut aimer si l?on veut tre aim??????The price of love is love itself? One must love if one wishes t...
16-02-2023 19:29

New Arrivals - monograms

 Bonjour mes belles,I hope you are having a lovely week so far. Roses, shopping, champagne and perfect chocolate oozing desserts, does life get any ...
15-02-2023 19:28

Joyeuse Saint-Valentin ?

 ??Joyeuse Saint-Valentin??Leeann x ...
14-02-2023 19:25

Valentine's Day Dessert - Chocolate Fondants

 Not long to go now until Valentines day is here. I have decided to keep things simple and my plan is to make chocolate fondants for dessert.I have a...
10-02-2023 19:25

Stay in or go out

 Decisions, decisions.....Leeann x ...
06-02-2023 19:30

French Food Friday - Crme Bachique

recipe and photo from hereBonjour mes belles,I have not used my dariole moulds for a long time and this recipe will be perfect for this weekend.Crme ...
03-02-2023 19:26

Bonjour fevrier

 I just received an email from Laduree with lots of beautiful gift ideas for Valentine\'s day.The perfect gift for my frenchie (and me) ....Happy Feb...
01-02-2023 19:32

A few minutes walk

 Yesterday it was literally a case of  walk a few metres and  hunt for treasaure as we had an antiques market taking place in the centre of our vil...
30-01-2023 19:28

French Food Friday - French-Onion-Style White Bean Soup

It is going to be another chilly weekend here, perfect weather for making and enjoying some lovely soup.French onion soup is a favourite of ours but I...
27-01-2023 19:32

Something bright and beautiful

 After seeing this photo, I am wishing I bought some tulips whilst out shopping yesterday.I was tempted to buy some but ended up with some potted hya...
25-01-2023 19:30

How to Clean Antique Chocolate Molds & Protect Against Rust

 In this video clip you will find some very useful information on cleaning antique chocolate molds and how to protect them against rust.Happy cleanin...
23-01-2023 19:31

Happy Lunar New Year

 *******Happy Lunar New Year.Bonne anne du Lapin.Gong Xi Fa Chai.******Leeann x ...
22-01-2023 19:25

Lunar New Year - Matcha Banana ?Ice Cream?

We are looking forward to celebrating Lunar New Year on Sunday. As you know French Boyfriend loves his sweet treats and sulks if there is no dessert....
20-01-2023 19:31
 



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