03/28/2015

Easter inspirations...

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02/20/2015

The good maners at the table ...in french on plastic plates ...best way to learn !

DSCN4927 [800x600].jpgNew Designs , bowls and mugs for boys and girls !

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12/28/2014

Olive harvest in Provence

I have to share these photos of my family in Provence in the village of Nyons ....where the famous olive oil is produced .  My cousins Alain and Regine own and operate the family  olive farm just like in the old days ( It is the 6th generation and  they make the most delicious organic first cold pressed olive oil I know ). Yes it is Christmas and it is also the season to pick up the olives . The day after Christmas everybody is giving them a hand  !

http://fermebres.fr/index.html

 

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My little cousin Lou-Anne

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My cousin Regine

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Processing all the olives by hand as always .

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Nyons is a cute little town in "Drome Provencale" the northern part of Provence at the foothills of the lavender fields ( we get our lavender oil from there ) . The olives are legendary and driving east and north of Nyons is just marvelous ... our very favorite area to go to ...unspoiled tiny roads and villages . ..worth exploring if you go to Provence ! 

 

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12/27/2014

Happy Holidays !

Joyeux Noel from all of us !

Marielle, Yvonne , Alice , Plemmie , Pascal who took the photo and Chimo !!

We can't get enough of Yvonne's  sweet sweet puppy ....

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12/09/2014

Christmas in Mission Hills !

This Holiday Season is all about crystal and faux fur !

We just finished decorating the shop and Pascal's mum old bike .

Now we are ready to celebrate and welcome happy shoppers .

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Pascal / master "creche" maker with at least 40 years experience is setting up our nativity display . Growing up in Provence both of us have been perpetuating this old tradition and still do it here every year DSCN0107 - Copy (Large).JPG

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Final touch before our Holiday Open House coming up this Saturday .

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11/18/2014

Fall in Provence

If you go to Provence in the fall on a sunny week it can really be beautiful . Vines and cherry trees are turning red ... temperatures can still be around 68-70F ...you  just have to take a chance in between end of October and early November ( before it is not quiet red and later all the leaves may be gone after just one storm and some Mistral to finish it off ) This year we got lucky ; no Mistral , no rain just a beautiful fall week in Provence !  It has been raining everyday ever since we left !!!

 

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Yes there are some animal crossing here too ... maybe more wild boars than deers !DSCN0057 (2) [1280x768].JPG

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Halloween is getting more and more popular in France . We had a good bunch of scary kids asking for candies . Lucky them we had brought some Reese's shaped like pumpkins :) IMG_4803 [1280x768].JPG

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