Posted in OUT & ABOUT, Uncategorized

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, HOUSE & GARDEN, The Garden

Sue’s Secret Garden – a Fairy Heaven

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.