Snow on the Côte d’Azur

Snow on the Côte d’Azur

We’ve had snow on the Côte d’Azur this week.  It’s such a rare occurrence that I felt it justified a photo reportage direct from the garden at Lou Messugo; very few words…the pictures speak for themselves. Almost as soon as it started to snow I...
One of the best places on earth!

One of the best places on earth!

What is Lou Messugo? Let’s talk about “Lou Messugo”.  Sometimes I get the feeling people are confused about Lou Messugo. What / who is it exactly? Perhaps I’m too wary of promoting my own business on this blog that it’s not actually clear that Lou...
Frogs & snakes in my French garden

Frogs & snakes in my French garden

It’s been a while since I’ve written about the wildlife at Lou Messugo but not for the lack of it, far from it, this summer has been all about snakessssssss and pretty green frogs.  I guess that could be a bit of an exaggeration as the summer hasn’t really been all...
Seriously? More wildlife at Lou Messugo?

Seriously? More wildlife at Lou Messugo?

A few weeks ago we had some unusual visitors at Lou Messugo.  That in itself is not so strange, we’ve had a fair few unusual visitors over the years, both of the human kind and beast.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ll know...
My French garden: summer in Alpes-Maritimes

My French garden: summer in Alpes-Maritimes

Last year I was contacted by Living France magazine and interviewed for a short article about the garden at Lou Messugo.  They found me through all the posts I have written here on the blog over the years about creating and developing our garden.  One thing led to...
Colourful autumn garden

Colourful autumn garden

We are experiencing the most wonderful autumn in the South of France.  For several weeks now the mercury has been hitting the 20s, with a high of 28°c last week!  November is often lovely on the French Riviera but these temperatures are even higher than normal.  The...
Oh dear, more wildlife at Lou Messugo!

Oh dear, more wildlife at Lou Messugo!

This week there’s been great excitement at Lou Messugo, on the wildlife front.  I came home one afternoon to be told by the guests in the gîte that they’d seen a deer in the garden – twice.  They’d seen it on the lawn while having breakfast...
Wild spring garden

Wild spring garden

Every year around this time I write about the flowers in the garden; every year the new growth amazes and inspires me.  Every day there are more leaves, more blooms and even more plants pushing their way into the world.  Nature really is clever!  This year though,...
Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring

It’s one of those #sitoutsideinatshirt kind of days which inspired me to grab my camera and take some photos of the signs of spring all around me.  My stroll took me no further than 5 minutes from Lou Messugo but look at what I found. The first and most obvious...
The exotic hanging gardens of Eze

The exotic hanging gardens of Eze

The Jardin Exotique d’Eze, also called the Jardin Botanique d’Eze, is an extraordinary botanical garden seemingly hanging between the sky and the sea in Eze in the far south-east corner of France, on the Côte d’Azur, just above Monaco. The garden,...
Meet the chooks

Meet the chooks

We have three chickens at Lou Messugo.  I’m not sure why I haven’t written about them before as we’ve had them for nearly a year, but I haven’t so here goes.  Meet Diana, Pic-Pic and Poppy! (L-R) Don’t they have pretty tails?  Here are...
Little Robin Redbreast

Little Robin Redbreast

We have a crazy robin at Lou Messugo: he sits on a bar across the windowsill and regularly, every minute or so, flies into the window, tapping it with his beak.  I can hear the noise fom the other end of the house. It’s like someone’s throwing pebbles at...
Oleander – the flower with power!

Oleander – the flower with power!

Our garden is full of the ultimate Mediterranean summer flower, the oleander, in bloom right now. This plant whose flowers vary in hue from apricot to lilac, via salmon, pink, red, yellow, copper and even white, used to conjure up memories of summer holidays for me....
May garden at Lou Messugo

May garden at Lou Messugo

The garden is alive with self-seeded wild cistus flowering all over the place.  This makes me so happy as not only are they very pretty, they are what we named our house after and they had disappeared.        When we bought our plot of land in early 2008 it was a...
Go Garden Grow!

Go Garden Grow!

We have the most remarkable blue flowering shrub in the garden at Lou Messugo.  It’s in full bloom and in its prime right now.  I just had to share it with you.  It’s certainly one of the most successful things we’ve planted here.  It’s name is...
From forest to garden, 4 years in the making

From forest to garden, 4 years in the making

Four years ago last week we moved into our brand new house – a house that we’d had built on a plot of forested land.                           When I say “forested land” I realise it doesn’t sound great to have cut down loads of trees to...
Hunting wild boar and the pigs’ revenge

Hunting wild boar and the pigs’ revenge

I’ve written about them before and I’ll probably write about them again, for while ever wild boar enjoy our garden I’ll have blog material.  Here we go again! A couple of weeks ago a neighbour decided to call the local hunting association to organise...
Summer garden: flowers, weeds and bees

Summer garden: flowers, weeds and bees

The garden is looking very summery.  The oleanders are in full bloom and that for me screams “SUMMER”!  But not just any old summer – Mediterranean summer.  They are the ultimate “I’m on holiday” flower for me as I associate them...
Hogs, frogs and fireflies

Hogs, frogs and fireflies

Last night while sitting out in the neighbour’s garden having a drink around 9.30pm, we heard a crashing sound in the undergrowth. The sound of something big lumbering around a bit too close for comfort.  We all four stood up to look and caught sight of an...
Spring garden – a photo essay

Spring garden – a photo essay

The garden at Lou Messugo, the lane and the land out the back are looking good.  Despite unfavourable weather conditions the flowers all around are doing their best to show us it’s spring-time. The pictures speak for themselves. Update nearly one year on: 4th of...
Wildlife at Lou Messugo, what a bore!

Wildlife at Lou Messugo, what a bore!

A couple of nights ago I was just closing up the computer and turning out the lights to go to bed when I heard the sound of something crashing into a metal bucket just outside the living room door. My heart leapt as I was sans homme that night – JF was away for...
A prickly start

A prickly start

A professional photographer is coming to take pictures of the garden in a couple of days’ time for one of the online booking sites I use for the gîte, Lou Messugo. But it’s a disaster. It’s been raining almost non-stop for over a week so the grass is...

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