Category Archives: Simply living

Cathédrale d’Images in Baux de Provence Closed

Nestled in the heart of the Alpilles an abandonned Roman quarry became home to Cathedral d’Images. Huge and imposing the place was truly magical.

I was fortunate enough to see the Picasso audio visual show there in 2009 – I loved it so much I went 3 times. Today I checked their site to see what was next on their agenda to find that, due to a court ruling,  Cathedral d’Images has been closed down.

I hope that they will find some way to reopen this fabulous site in Provence.

The Olive Harvest

t’s that time of year again when everyone starts picking their olives in the hope that they have the minimum 3 kilos required by the local Moulin (mill). It seems to be, like most things around here, an art.

Apparently it’s recommended that you wait until the first frost to pick your olives, many, who are impatient simply cannot wait that long, but it is said that if you wait you get a much cleaner tasting oil as a result. So, whilst most people are out Christmas shopping, people in Provence are picking their olives!

I popped down to the Moulin today and there were masses of people clutching their bags of olives and their bottles eagerly awaiting to enjoy the freshest olive oil around.

I can’t wait to try ours!

The first snow of the season on the Mont Ventoux

The first snow of the season on the Mont Ventoux

First snow on the Mont Ventoux from the kitchen window

It’s official … autumn is drawing to a close and winter is officially here.

The first snow of the season has been spotted from the kitchen window on the Mont Ventoux.
DH is all excited about snow shoeing and taking BabyinProvence up to play in the snow …

I, on the other hand, am thinking about admiring the view in front of a log fire with a cup of mulled wine whilst searching for the perfect snow suit for BabyinProvence!

The youngest guest at Le 111!

Today I met the youngest guest we have ever had! Little Diego is just one week old and simply adorable.
Diego and his parents are spending the winter at Le 111. Its hard to believe that just 6 months ago my little one was the same size! 

Félicitations to the parents!