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

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

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

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

If you like horses…

  If you like all things equestrian, you’ll love Castelsagrat in May. Every year the village plays host to horses and riders from across France, as well as from further afield, when they arrive to compete in a series of … Read More


March at Plombis is a month of contradiction and delight.  Evenings are clear and cold and a crackling fire still seems like the best idea after dinner.  Fog fills in the valley in the early morning.  But then, the afternoon … 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

September mornings

As late August turns to early September at Château Plombis, the mornings begin cool and misty, then slowly melt into warm golden days.  On this particular morning, just as the local schools started the new academic year and children gathered … Read More