Thursday, 26 August 2021

Week 34 2021


I can't believe that Notjustfortheholidays has just had its 10th Birthday!

Here's a throwback photo from one of the very first editions, taken at the Night Market at Font Vidal - perhaps you recognize someone in the photo, or even you see yourself!

There are still Night Markets ongoing in the new normal, so head out with your basket and enjoy the lovely whether whilst you can. Some events, however, are being cancelled due to issues surrounding the need for a health pass.

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

Best wishes,


Week 34




27 August


28th August


29th August

Coming up...

Next door to Chateau Soutard, St Emilion

And finally...

Can't find corn on the cob in the shops here... so, let's grow some.

And it was delicious!

Thursday, 19 August 2021

Week 33 2021


It's the last chance to see the Battle of Castillon this weekend. Tickets available for Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.  Don't forget it's not just the fabulous show, but beforehand there's the village de Aleanor with stands, performances and wine tasting, as well as the Medieval restaurant.

Find out more on the website

Whatever you do this week in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, take your mask and your health pass, take care and have a good week.
Best wishes,

Week 33


19 August

20 August

21 August

22 August

Coming up...

25 August- Butterfly workshop

And finally...

A holiday pottery workshop update.  

So many lovely family groups of all ages have put their hands in clay so far this summer.  Yesterday was no exception, creating a family of piggy banks.



And coming up this week on Wednesday is a 1 hour butterfly workshop, available for anyone to join. €8/person, all materials and firing included.  Call me if you'd like to make a butterfly to hang in your home. 06 30 89 85 36

Let your creativity free...


Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Week 32 2021


This week I got to unleash my creative side in the shop window at Sauveterre.  All the artisans in the Association take it in turn to decorate the window for a month.

The seed of the idea for this window display was planted many years ago, when I started working with clay... finally, inspired by my new workshop ... the idea germinated.

The little men are made of earthenware, fired in a kiln, then coloured with iron oxide.  The figures covered with iron oxide are fired a second time to give them a rusty finish.

Come and check it out in Sauveterre. You can have a miniature version, with a small grid and you choose your figures to hang on the frame.  It looks great against a stone wall.

Whatever you do in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, take your health pass (more about that below) and have a good week.

Best wishes,


Week 32

11 August

12 August

13 August


14 August

15 August - Assumption - National Holiday

 Coming up...

And finally...

As from 9 August, France has introduced Pass Sanitaires.

This pass is proof of vaccination. It doesn't need to be uploaded onto your phone - though if you can, then it's straightforward.  Scan your PCR code from your vaccine certificate.  If you don't have a vaccine from France, all is not lost.  Proof of your vaccine from your home country also works.  NHS vaccine certificates are eligible and US vaccine cards are also acceptable.

he should be presented at all restaurants and bars whether you dine inside or out.  If you don't have a Pass Sanitaire, then you will need a negative PCR test, good for 72 hours or proof that you have recovered from Covid.