Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Week 3 2022

Hello!

It's pretty dreary out there... if you want to spread a little love, come and make a swirly heart from clay coils at the pottery workshop on Saturday. 

Or, if you have a group of friends that would like to come along together, then let me know and you can come another day.  This is a really lovely therapeutic project. 💞

Whatever you do this week, keep warm and safe and have a good week.
Best wishes,
Helen
 

Week 3

 
 


 

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And finally...

Beautiful frozen cobwebs...

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Week 2 2022

 Hello!

The winter sales start in France this week. Now's the time to look for that bargain!


Whatever you do this week in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, keep warm and safe and have a good week.
Best wishes,
Helen

Week 2



 


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And finally...


I'm wondering if you could help me? I'm looking for a stool to use in my pottery studio with my new wheel.  I picked up my current one from a brocante or vide grenier, years ago and it's just perfect.
 
Excuse the quality of the photos... I cropped them from the back of workshop snaps.  If you know where I could find one similar, I'd be delighted to hear from you, or if you see one on your day-to-day in the region, please let me know.  There is a post in the middle that screws up and down to adjust the height of the seat and I have a feeling that it might have originated from Ikea (but not in that colour)

Many thanks in advance. Helen 😊



Thursday, 6 January 2022

Week 1 2022

 Hello!

Thursday 6 January is the last day of the Christmas season and traditionally the day Christmas decorations get taken down and packed away for next year.  The 12th night is the day that the 3 wise men arrived in Bethlehem, taking gifts to the baby Jesus.
The French celebrate this day with a special cake called the ‘Galette des Rois’ (the King’s cake).   


This frangipane filled cake is served up according to tradition on 6th January.  A lucky charm – known as a fève (originally a bean, but now more often a little porcelain figure) is baked into the cake.  As story goes, the cake is divided into enough slices as people present, and one extra, for the first poor person that passes by.  The youngest person in the group decides who has which slice, and the person who finds the fève is crowned king or queen for the day.  When you buy a Galette des Rois it usually comes complete with a paper crown.  Want to make one yourself, here's a recipe, but it doesn't include the fève, so don't forget to add that in!

So if you were wondering what to eat with your afternoon cup of tea, on 6th January, it has to be a Galette des Rois!  Bon appétit!
 
Whatever you do this week, keep warm and well.  There's really not much going on, apart from eating cake... however, if you know of anthing, please do get in touch.
Best wishes,
Helen
 

Week 1

 
Really not much going on...
 
La Breche cinema in Ste Foy




 
 Coming up...


And finally...

If you are ready to get your hands into clay, a great activity for all ages, I have a pottery workshop on Saturday in Sauveterre.  This week we're making lighthouse candle-lights.  They sound so much more poetic in French - phare photophore
 
A 1 hour session costs €10/person, all materials and firing included. Only 4 people per session, so call ahead to book a place please - 06 30 89 85 36



 
 

Thursday, 23 December 2021

Week 51 and 52

 Hello!

 

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas with hope and cheer that 2022 will be a healthy and successful for all.

Many thanks for all your kind messages of support over they year.  I really appreciate all your contributions.  I'll be back in the New Year.

Best wishes,
Helen

Thursday, 16 December 2021

Week 50 2021

 Hello!

Many thanks for everyone who popped in to see me at the Flaujagues Christmas market, it was a lovely day, with plenty of friendly faces.

Festivities in Flaujagues

I still have a stand at the Pop Up Christmas market in Chateau Font Vidal in Juillac until the end of the week, if you're looking for that perfect gift!  They have a great selection of wines and spirits there too!

Fabulousness at Font-Vidal
 
 
Plenty to do in the Gironde and Dordogne regions in the week ahead, after all, this is the last weekend before Christmas!
Whatever you do, keep warm and safe and have a good week.
Best wishes,
Helen
 

Week 50

 





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And finally...

My absolute favourite Christmas treat...

... Mince Pies! 😋😉