Tour Fenestrelle Uzes @alabreche_annie
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Seeing the year through in the Midi

Our village, like many in southern France, has a semi-permanent population; one of the first questions asked on being introduced is whether or not we are here all year round. A fairly cosmopolitan atmosphere is enjoyed here, particularly throughout the summer months, evident at the annual 14th July celebrations opposite …

Linens Textiles @alabreche_annie
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The Fabric of our Lives

I’ve always loved fabrics, their feel, the patterns of their weave or printed design, the richness of their colours, as well as their potential for being transformed into the functional or the beautiful, the mundane or the luxurious. They also have a rich and fascinating history. Stone loom weights, used …

La Bastide d'Engras @alabreche_annie #Provence Gardoise
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The Renovation of La Breche

This article is the continuation of Annie Barker’s story of how La Breche evolved into a holiday rental and inspiring venue for artists and writers. Follow this link if you missed Un Grand Project. The trials and tribulations of buying a house in France have been written about many times …

Before the renovation #LaBreche @alabreche_annie
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Un Grand Projet No Small Renovation

When we were first shown the ancient former farmhouse near Uzès we now call home, I rejected it firmly with a resounding ‘No’. We had agreed that we didn’t want a third project in fifteen years: its desolate state, left for months forlornly empty, with dust motes drifting through the …