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

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

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

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

Birthday Celebrations

At the end of September a group of friends came to Château Plombis for a week to celebrate a 60th birthday.  During the day there was plenty of sightseeing, and rambles from some of the local villages, such as Lauzerte … Read More