There are still a few places for the June French Garden Tour !

Reserve at whatscookinginfrance@gmail.com All the details in my last post.

Jardin d’Eyrignac in the Dordogne where we’ll have a private visit and a delicious garden lunch…tempting isn’t it !EYRIGNAC JARDINS_0

You’ll also enjoy gardens like mine…this was taken today so it won’t quite look like this in June. It is simple, but my guests find it quite lovely….and I hope you will as well.IMG_6262

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PRIVATE GARDEN TOUR JUNE 20-26, 2016

 

Come stay at our home, meet my French gardening friends, visit their wonderful properties, and hear their advice about other remarkable gardening sites in our southwest region. Gardens are the theme of the week but the most important parts of your visit will be meeting the French; getting an insider’s view of their passion for landscaping, from the largest countryside property to the tiniest plot of suburban land; and discovering the UNESCO Heritage sites of Bordeaux and St. Emilion, as well as other small villages in the area.

Five days of garden visits and garden talk, along with Bordeaux wines, delicious local food, and good company…you’ll feel like you belong here.

The first tour will be at the end of June 2016 with my American gardener friend and colleague Kay Churchill. She has been here before and can tell you how tempting it is to come back again.

The all-inclusive price, from the moment we pick you up at the airport until we take you back, is $2500 (price calculated for 5 guests). Ground transportation from the Bordeaux airport or train station, lodgings, meals, wines, and all visits are included in the price; you just have to get here.

As it’s a very small group please contact me quickly if you’re interested in the June dates or if you’re interested to be on our list for future dates.  whatscookinginfrance@gmail.com

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ANTIQUE and VINTAGE LINENS “LES ARTS DE LA TABLE”

Having a Swedish grandmother, every year I invite my friends, guests and other B&B hosts for the traditional Swedish festival of lights, the “Saint Lucie” here to La Forge with my antique dealer friend, Janine. This year we’ve moved our private sale of linens plus some wonderful extra goodies to the darling bastide of Sauveterre de Guyenne, a little further to the south east here in Entre Deux Mers.

Not only has Janine brought her linens but she’s also found wonderful table appointments: antique and vintage dishes, glasses, silverware, salts and decanters…everything to make your holiday table special. They also make perfect gifts for the your friends and family! The Comptoir de la Bastide is on my usual list for local antiquing, but I only now discovered their wonderfully restored and vaulted underground room that Janine has transformed with her holiday magic.

If you’re in the area be sure to come by on Saturday December 5th…there will be Christmas tea, coffee and cakes ! I’ll be there on all day with Janine from 10AM to 6PM

Janine will also be there every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9AM to 6PM and Sundays from 9AM to 1PM through the end of the year.

Le Comptoir de la Bastide, 4 place de la République, 33540 Sauveterre de Guyenne

Carol: 06 31 85 65 20   Janine: 06 41 98 01 84

 

 

 

 

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MERCI FOR YOUR THOUGHTFULL MESSAGES AFTER NOVEMBER 13th

So many of you have sent e-mails and Facebook comments after last Fridays events…merci. La France est résistante !…like so many other people and places in the world that have been targeted over the past years by the usurpers of the world’s religions….New York, Bayreuth, Bamako… all of Syria and more.

For me the best way to react is to share our love and share our lives and homes with others…to share the joy and the beauty that surrounds us and that is expressed in all Human Kind.

I’d like to share the very moving letter of Antoine Leiris:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34862437

 

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EVERYBODY HURRYS OVER TO ELIE’S BEACH AT TERRES BLANCHES

Elie’s beach is a big success with our guests….his parasols are newly painted, the lounge chairs are in place, the water’s a perfect turquoise and he welcomes our guests from now until the end of October…all will depend on the weather but it’s looking like we’re going to be swimming at harvest time.

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EVENING SUN FLOWERS

On the way back to La Forge from the Moulin last night I had to stop a minute to show you the sun flower showing off to the moon that was rising…

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A PRIVATE BEACH, THE PERFECT PLACE TO COOL OFF

New swimming option! Two former quarries — just 2,5 kilometers or 4 minutes from the house — have been made into one large, turquoise-blue lake that looks like it came out of a travel poster for some exotic destination! I’m delighted to announce that I now have a free pass for my guests to enjoy its sandy beach and to dive into its clear blue water. Opened several years ago by French water ski champion Will Delair, the lake is maintained as a private club, which only recently began accepting non-skiing members — like us. One side of the lake is for the one and only boat and the other for swimming. However, if you’d also like to ski or ride the waves on a wake board behind the lake’s one “fairly quiet” but powerful inboard, you can reserve a tour or two with Will. The club’s restaurant and bar look out over the lake are open every day from 11 to 11.

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Young families enjoy staying at La Forge and it’s cottage

As grandparents we’re well equiped for babys and little ones. Since the wonderful English guide Sawdays picked up on the fact that families are welcome at La Forge we suddenly have, not only our children and grandchildren on visit, but our guest’s as well. The self catering cottage is perfect for a small family and the house often rented for inter-generational vacations with grandparents, children, teens and babies. Spread the word. As the garden and fields are fenced in everyone had space for the little ones to run around and other to just relax.IMG_5108

Of course all ages love to visit our chickens and try to find the rabbit that hides in the garden.

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COOKING WITH XAVIER

The menus change with the seasons and the producers are all local…the chef too ! Xavier teaches young adults at a professional lycée for future chefs. Even if you don’t plan to become a professional a class with Xavier is a great way to learn some techniques and recipes you can do at home. It will look and taste like just like those of a pro.

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LOCAL ONLY !

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