Thursday, 26 November 2020

Week 48 2020


The president has spoken.  These are from The Connection.


The great news is that the small independent shops including the Maison des Artisans Boutique in Sauveterre and Mon P'tit Baz'Arts in Ste Foy can open their doors again on Saturday.

Whatever you do in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, have a safe and sunny week.

Best wishes,

Coming up...

Venues are starting to promote Christmas Markets.  

And finally...

To all my American friends 

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Week 47 2020


We watch and wait for the news to see what comes next.  Meanwhile, it's too soon to eat the Christmas cake, but not too soon to eat tea loaf.  This 'cold tea cake' always reminds me of one that my mum used to make.  Not sure if her recipe didn't come from her mum. And always spread with that delicious butter with salt crystals!

Cold tea cake and butter.


There is hope that daytime activities will reopen in December for the run up to Christmas.

Whatever you do in the Gironde and dordogne regions, continue to keep safe and use your small local businesses whenever you can.

Best wishes,
A beautiful local business is in Monsegur is Aux Herbes et caetera selling home grown, distilled and made teas, soaps, tinctures and lineaments.  Limited opening hours, so check ahead, and a great place to get gifts. I love their herbal teas.

And finally...
First we had hearts, and now we have stars.  The ideal Christmas decoration.  Call me if you would like to reserve them, then you can collect from me or from Sauveterre. €3.50 each, or 2 for €6.
Call me on 06 30 89 85 36
We have begun to put our shop in Sauveterre online here. This way, you can see what we have, or follow the shop on Facebook here - you need to look under 'photos'

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Week 46 2020


All is very quiet.  We hunker down and keep safe, looking forward to a time when we can be back with our friends and family. 

Many thanks 😍 to the lovely people who have bought hearts from me, I'm making more, and I also have Christmas stars too.

A lovely way to share time together is to create together.  I'm offering workshops and together time in the pottery studio in Sauveterre (post lockdown). No previous pottery experience necessary, and over the course of 2 hours you can make something unique.  I've made a few suggestions, but there's no limit to the imagination.

So, when you are thinking of gifts, or planning time with friends, consider a pottery workshop.  I meet up with girlfriends for lunch or coffee, but why not meet up for 'Papoterie'  😀 Coffee and homemade cake included.

Whatever you do in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, keep safe, keep well and support small businesses if you can.

Best wishes,
And finally... hen update...

The four girls are finally settling in and starting to lay... fresh eggs are so good.

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Week 45 2020


As we settle into another lockdown, small businesses are really starting to suffer. 

Less than a month into my new studio and all workshops and pottery parties have been cancelled.  Selling through boutique outlets is also forbidden.  We all need to take care of each other.

Send a heart to someone to someone to show you care.  Drop one into a friend's letterbox as you pass by to show them you're thinking of them. 

I have a range of them for sale, each one handmade and individually glazed. These hearts have hearts, I also have flowers and stars. Contact me to buy - 06 30 89 85 36 - and you can collect from Sauveterre or Mouliets. €3.50/heart or 2 for €6.  Each small purchase will keep the studio afloat until we can open our doors again.

Whatever you do in the coming weeks in the Dordogne and Gironde regions, keep safe and well.
Best wishes,
And finally / Coming up...

It's a long way ahead, but the Tour de France is coming to our region next year.  

We went to the time trials in Bordeaux many years ago and it was a great way to see the race.  With all the cyclists setting off at 2 minute intervals the activity stretches the whole day, rather than the peloton whizzing past in the blink of an eye!