Friday, 17 December 2010
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Saturday, 6 November 2010
Not only have we enjoyed all the obvious benefits of an unseasonably warm autumn, but as the days get shorter (and with the turning back of the clocks), mother nature has decided it surely must be time for trees to drop their leaves and at least prepare for the possibility of a colder season ahead.
The result has been the most fabulous autumn colours in this part of France that I have experienced. Something to share and inspire n'est pas?
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Still onto books read and enjoyed over the last six months. I have come across the author Mark Billington, whose detective novels have Thorne his irascible ‘hero’ fighting his own personality as much as that of the ‘villians’. My reservations such as they are is of an over reliance on “serial killers” and making his closest “mate” (the pathologist) unbelieveably eccentric. Otherwise enjoyable reads.
Another writer I have liked, is Kate Grenville introduced to me by my good friend, Sue Irving (we are always swapping names of recently discovered authors) and thoroughly enjoyed her The Lieutenant, and also The Secret River . Books I probably would never have picked up in the library from just reading the blurb on the back.
Saturday, 23 October 2010
Thursday, 21 October 2010
In case you wondered what we got up to at Briançon during those long wintery months when we aren't running workshops, take a look at our sister blog:
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Giles Stokoe, a remarkable young photographer who just happens to be living not far from Les Soeurs Anglaises (and whom we are delighted to say will be leading a DSLR photographic workshop with us next September) took the photographs one sultry afternoon last week and we are delighted that finally there is some indication of the amazing workshop space which, of course, doubles up in the summer when the huge doors are open onto the terrace.
Check out the sort of negative effect at the top of the aubergines where the sun hasn't reached the plant to turn it.... well, aubergine. Wonder if Giles could do something with the plant's photo-sensitivity.... They are absolutely delicious, by the way, and we have quite a few new recipes for Les Soeurs Anglaises cookbook which should be available for discerning cooks by the time of our first workshop in May 2011.
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Still, there were bargains to be had by those whose French was sufficiently proficient to haggle.
A lick of paint, a spot of polish or even a good wash was all many things needed to start a new lease of life in a new home.
Friday, 27 August 2010
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
More to follow in the next week or so in our August newsletter......