5 Ways to Make The Most Of A Residential Art Retreat

5 Ways to Make The Most Of A Residential Art Retreat

When you go on a residential art retreat in Europe, it can be a bit of a daunting prospect… It’s such a big commitment in terms of the travel time required, jet lag and even financially… So it’s entirely an entirely normal feeling! Which country do you choose? How...
Should I Join My Wife On An Art Retreat?

Should I Join My Wife On An Art Retreat?

Non-painters joining an art retreat I’ve had this question a thousand times – “can my non-painting partner join us on an art retreat? Is he going to get bored?” Yes, he’s welcome… No, he won’t get bored. End of blog.  Haha, I’m kidding. But the answer really is...
900 New lavender Plants

900 New lavender Plants

Ok… So we did a thing recently – We planted 900 new lavender plants… Yes, you read that correctly. 900 plants, all by hand!  We started by getting our local farmer to come in and plough the ground up into separate strips. After, We collected 5...
New addition: Jacuzzi

New addition: Jacuzzi

Last July, 2019, it was hot – I mean really hot.  We had some lovely visitors from Texas who were used to the heat but even so, we struggled.  Fans everywhere, air conditioning where possible, doors and windows open or shut to suit the mood.  Dinner became later and...
Perigord Retreats in spring

Perigord Retreats in spring

Perigord Retreats in Spring. March has been warm this year, 22 degrees centigrade (72 Fahrenheit) and full sunshine during the day which has been fabulous.  We had been concerned that this early spring may be ruined by frost but, so far, we are in the clear. As part...

How do YOU plant a palm tree?

Before we moved in, one of the lovely things we remembered about the property was the positioning of two palm tree s outside of the swimming pool.  We felt it gave it a tropical feel and now love listening to the leaves rustle when we have a little wind. Each time we...
The Arrival of the Piet Mondrian Cows

The Arrival of the Piet Mondrian Cows

The Arrival of the Piet Mondrian Cows We like to take the opportunity to continue to explore new locations and finding different things to visit.  We stumbled upon a brocante on one of these trips several years ago. The whole hamlet is taken over by a...