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St. Antonin Noble Val Sunday Market

local market

Summer time is here again and the Sunday market at St. Antonin-noble-val is hotting up, so if you are planning a holiday down this way in the next few months make sure you wake up early on Sunday mornings and drive down there as soon as possible to grab your parking place!


Lovely fresh local fruit and vegetables, assortments of cheeses and local honey, and then a sit down for a well earned drink – cappuchino for me or a nice cool beer from one of the local bars is very refreshing.

Are you in holiday mood yet?

We now have our vacation home ready and waiting for you just 10 minutes drive from St.Antonin-noble-val here in South West France. More of this later, but if you would like to take a look, “CHEZ MACKENZIE” is here on “HomeAway”


Posted in Blog, DÉCORATION, Inspirations, Uncategorized

Scandinavian Saturday


I love Saturday nights because there is usually a delicious Scandinavian Nordic Noir series to watch on the TV! At the moment it is the second series of The Bridge, so with this in mind, I thought I would show you a few photos of a truly gorgeous Swedish home that I found on one of the blogs I follow – Bliss



Those old horizontal wooden planks as wall cladding are just the thing for my living room – better start hunting and collecting them now, as I’ve got a feeling they are not the sort of thing you can by at your local building suppliers!




The photos were originally in the Swedish home decor magazine Hus and Hem All in Swedish of course – you’d think watching all this Nordic noir, my knowledge of the Swedish language would be quite good by now – alas NO – but I can distinguish the difference between a Swedish and Danish accent so that’s something I suppose!

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Instagram kittens

I’m getting to grips with Instagram and SNAPSEED – my two little kittens Tillie and Tiger are perfect models!

Tillie #snapseed #cats #detailsinthedecor

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Cat close up #Snapseed #cats #detailsinthedecor

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Tiger & Tillie #Snapseed #detailsinthedecor #cats

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Fur on fur #Snapseed #cats #detailsinthedecor

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Anyone else using SNAPSEED as a photo editor?

If you are taking more and more photos with your iPhone or iPad as I am doing – I do urge you to try SNAPSEED – your photos will improve so much – give it a try!

Posted in Blog, HOUSE & GARDEN, House Renovation, Uncategorized

Pipework for the Gîte

Drainage trench to the fosse

Once  we’d  scraped out the ground  down to foundation level, we could lay out the pipework for the main drainage.  The first image shows the trench between the gîte and the fosse septique. There are three 100mm PVC pipes.
One is for ‘grey’ water—waste water from all outlets other than the WC, and the
Second is for ‘black’ water—or toilet waste, and the
Third is for rainwater—collected from the roof via the gutters.
When we finally get around to putting in a swimming pool, we’ll sink in another concrete tank adjacent to it to use as a storage tank for the rainwater from this third pipe. And the next job was to prepare the area for a poured concrete reinforced slab, off which we would start rebuilding the gîte.

Drainage pipes for the gîte
Drainage pipes for the gîte