Château Plombis Blog

“Enfin la Liberté..”

Time marches on.  Spring is turning to summer with the first cut of hay now rolled up into bales in the château meadows. We should have had weddings and guests at the château already this year. So what is the … Read More

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Tourism in the time of Coronavirus

The swings at Château Plombis are waiting for this summer’s youngest guests… So what is the latest news from France? We’re now well into phase 1 of Déconfinement, or the beginning of the end of lockdown.  Things could seem almost … Read More

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Countdown to Déconfinement, May 2020

This weekend, with today, Friday, a French holiday to celebrate the anniversary of VE day, or 8 mai 1945, could very well be our last weekend spent in confinement against the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, at least for those of … Read More

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Colourful pottery for sale at a Marché Potier in Auvillar near Château Plombis

Marché Potier, Auvillar

The village fêtes and fun night markets of the summer months might be over, but life still goes on in South West France.  Throughout autumn and winter there are events of interest to be found if you fancy an out-of-season … Read More

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Beignets de Fleurs d’Acacia

Just now, early to mid-May in South West France, as trees, plants and flowers continue the relay race from Spring into Summer, some trees at the edge of fields and woods turn conspicuously white as they become swathed in bunches … Read More

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Expanding Our Borders

For many years, at the front of Château Plombis, there have been some small borders, rather a thin strip of earth, containing some very old rose varieties which, along with flowering shrubs around the place, the lavender walk in front … Read More

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Castelsagrat en fête

Castelsagrat is a small, rural village, but ‘vivant’.  This could be translated as ‘lived-in’ – a place where normal, everyday life still goes on. Castelsagrat, unlike some French villages, is not just a pretty museum piece of holiday homes owned … Read More

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pots of homemade jam from the orchard at Château Plombis

Cherry Season

By chance, yesterday, we found ourselves driving through the Tarn et Garonne countryside slightly further east from Château Plombis.  Although only a 30 minute drive, somehow in this area the hills seem folded together more closely with steeper valleys between … Read More

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After the Vent d’Autan

  The sun has just come out after a slow misty start to Sunday.  Today is the 19th of February.  The past few days have been beautifully warm and sunny and the days are getting longer: it is light in … Read More

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It’s February, time to start sowing tomatoes

A year ago, last February, Alistair, the gardener-groundsman at Château Plombis, went bananas sowing tomato seeds.  At the time he was cursed by the rest of the family, as every available flat surface in the guardians’ cottage was covered with … Read More

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