Thursday, November 18, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
I wandered into the orchard for breakfast and plucked a deliciously ripe fig, apple and plum from the tree savouring them swinging in the hammock watching the horses frolic in the field below. Cue the film crew..........!
The afternoon was spent squishing and bottling ripe ruby red tomatoes still warm from the sun for heavenly sauce made in an old fashioned mangle on the lawns of my friends gloriously beautiful farm after an idyllic time spent lazing on a boat on thier lake.
Dinner was the delicious sauce on pasta with home made basil infused olive oil. Quite simply, heaven on a stick.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
France day 6 : We left early after breakfast to drive to Malaucene and then up Mont Ventoux, of Tour de France fame. 1912 metres, 21 ks uphill with gradients in some places which meant I could only drive in 1st gear - and of course cyclists galore of all ages. Talk about a challenge, one hell of a hill, very sweaty stuff. The triumphant beames on the faces of the cyclists who reached the top without stopping meant you couldn't stop smiling yourself.
The views from the top across vast tracks of Provence you could wax lyrical about for days, on a clear day you can see all the way to Corsica.
Lunch today was a drippy cheese and baguette wine picnic in the lovely village of Sault over looking lavender fields and then a coffe and a meander around yet another drop dead gorgeous village hanging off a hill.
Dinner tonight a quick sunset stroll away to the local 13 C fortified hilltown, on a lovely terrace overlooking the valley. Incredible food.
France day 5: Took my guests for our picnic in Provence. Tables set with colourful French linen and wonderful ceramics in a vineyard set high above a beautiful pink Provencal village. Our hosts the vineyard owners. Drinking the wines from the grapes at arms length and feasting on delicious local fare. Eggplant pate, roasted tomatoes, ratatouille, amazing cheeses, strawberries that tasted like they did when we were kids.
We wandered back to the villa again through the vines in the soft afternoon sun with glorious views across the plains of the Cote du Rhone. Just a touch fabulous....
Dinner in the soft evening light included melon and proscuitto, local terrines and the ubiquitous cheeses almost dripping off the plate.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I have to say Qantas was great and provided 400 passengers with hotel rooms however the thought of sitting in a hotel room in broad daylight for 14 hours didn't fill a few of us with 2 much glee so we headed into the city to see the sights.
We took a trip on a local dhow boat along Dubai Creek, popped into the spice and gold souks and then passed the tallest building in the world, the top part lost throught the desert haze en route to Jumeirah Beach.
This beach resort area is what makes Dubai so popular as a winter sun spot, it's bright white sand, pristine beaches, glorious hotels and glinting swimming pools were positively begging to be enjoyed for a couple of days. Our flight beckoned however and after another 6 hours at Dubai airport, another 7 hour flight, a missed connection, a 7 hour layover at Heathrow, I am now finally about to board my final leg to France.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
So endeth the pity party................First stop is 4 days in a sumptous house owned by the renowned British but US based interior designer Kathryn Ireland. Kathryn and I are hosting out first trip based from her house near Montauban in SW France in September. The tour promises to be amazing with a focus not only on food and wine of course but also on interior design. There is so much to do in that delightful region of France, far from the madding crowd and I am going there to make final preparations for our September week - meeting providores, wine makers, artists, antique merchants, chefs, decorators and a whole host of other wonderful and colourful characters.
Bear with me in this blog - it's a first for me! Internet access may be limited for the next few days but I'll report back from La Belle France as soon as she lets me.