25 Jan 2013


Hopefully this should see me through the next few cold months before spring arrives. I managed to fit  a whole ‘stère’ (1 cubic metre) into the back of the car and the front passenger space. It was rather a slow trip back …..

7 Jan 2013

Birthday treat

While it’s not mine or Nic’s birthday for a while just yet, they are close together. And Paul treated us to a gorgeous early birthday present – lunch at Le Jardin des Sens in Montpellier. It’s one we’ve been to before a couple of times (lucky us ….) and it didn’t fail to impress this time. Divine…… thanks Paul!


Weather in most of Australia is horrific at the moment. I’ve been talking to friends in Perth recently, during the heatwave there. And although W.A. seems to be through the worst of it, the rest of Australia is in dire staits, with even worse to come.

6 Jan 2013

New Year 2013

In recent years I’ve not worried too much about seeing in a new year – and am often in bed before midnight! But this year decided to go along with some friends to Chateau Le Vergel-Authenac, only a couple of kilometres from here, towards Ginestas. 

To be honest I didn’t know it existed – it’s in the middle of vineyards and mostly hidden by trees. Apparently a few years ago, a couple bought it from a French family that had done nothing with it for a long long time, and have turned it into a gite complex and reception venue. And from what we saw of it, it looks magnificent. The reception hall we were in was huge and renovated beautifully. 

The food wasn’t anything to write home about, but the entertainment was excellent – similar to what the Maire in the village puts on here for us once a year. Cabaret/Can-Can style. A good time was had by all, and I managed to be in bed by 3am! And suffered the next day for it, but once a year I can manage.

Colourful Montpellier

Montpellier is such a pretty city and the Christmas decorations are still all up. This visit, there seemed to be just so many colourful displays in the shops in the old quarter. Always fun to get lost in those small back streets, and this time was no exception.

Moving sideways

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