Spent a delightful Sunday afternoon over at a friend’s place recently. Sue and her partner Alex have been living here in this part of South West France for about the same length of time as us, although we’ve only just got to know each other when Sue bought some of her paintings to us for framing prior to an exhibition. Their home is enchanting — they have an unrestored large stone farmhouse in the Aveyron with outbuildings and a separate pigeonnier in which they live. Although they’ve improved the property greatly, and created a lovely garden with lots of informal planting, they have neither the stamina nor the finance to continue with the larger building. They’re leaving that to the next owners! Fancy a challenge?
Long ago, the roof fell in on an adjoining barn and this is now a lovely private hidden space — their secret garden — for contemplation and quiet reflection.