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” (my grandmother is Swedish) here at 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
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:
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.
Of course all ages love to visit our chickens and try to find the rabbit that hides in the garden.
The “moule frites” and music weren’t a 4th of july. special. but it sounded like it with a French group that played US 70’s music to the delight of all the French…who, for the most part didn’t even realize it was the 4th of July. The near by village of Sadirac inaugurated a “Piste Gourmande” with food stands and music along the bike path…next month it will be Creon’s turn with local musicians and yummy food trucks and tents….and the villages put up picnic tables for all.
*”You mean you made everything in this tiny kitchen!”…said one of my American guests as she helped me clear off the table. A small but fully packed kitchen doesn’t hinder us from cooking up some great meals. However, for our cooking classes we head over to our farm (a mile down the road) and use the large renovated kitchen in Bruno’s “Miller’s Cottage”.
**Our talented baker friend, Carlos Alves, who has a wonderful traditional French boulangerie et patisserie (l’Art du Pain) in the town of Saint Gaudens near the Spanish border…after bringing back to life several other old boulangeries in the south of France and creating one in Brazil.
He arrived here at La Forge laden with breads, brioche and “croustades”… needless to say our guests were as delighted as we to have a “bread tasting” for breakfast this morning.
***My pastry marble that always seems to fill up with more than pastry dough and a rolling pin ! The magnetic spice holders were found at a local supermarket.