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

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

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

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