Post card from Longbarn & string in France

Home away from home in The Lot Valley
Home away from home in The Lot Valley

Take a peak into our life in France.

This typical character home built in traditional style of the Quercy region of the Lot Valley was built in about 1770. The roof styles seem to be a characteristic feature that varies from region to region. Here the tiles look like they are about to slide off an organic  gingerbread roof shape. Very fairytale like.

This is a fabulous home base from which to explore the region and its so much fun to have a mission!

Summer in France is fete season. Always plenty of markets, both antique and general rummage- i.e brocante and vide grenier or emptying of the attics, as well as wonderful regional foody events, music, balls and parties in the villages. There are scarecrow festivals, medieval fairs, garlic festivals, walnut festivals, lavender festivals… ¬†all celebrating the wealth and joy of local produce that summer brings. These festivals are not tourists events, and there are hardly ever foreigners. A wonderful way to feel like a local and so much fun. The ‘bring a plate’ evening ‘picnics’ where you literally bring a plate to be filled and shared with local food like regional breads cheeses, snails, sausages, meats and specialities…. wonderful yumminess! It is a time when you often see more children around. It is school holidays, and hot during the day. The villages often seem quite deserted with the shutters all closed up against the heat.

This week I am looking forward to the night market we so enjoyed last year where they serve onion soup and it goes until 2am! It is in the villagers back yard in the village of Beauregard!