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...
All About France #35

All About France #35

Welcome back to #AllAboutFrance after a rather long festive break.  I hope everybody’s had a great Christmas and New Year, both of which seem a very long time ago now.  Officially, however, the Christmas season in Provence ends tomorrow with Chandeleur, the...
All About France #28

All About France #28

It’s that time again, where do the months go?  It’s time to link up your posts to #AllAboutFrance, the monthly blog linky ALL ABOUT FRANCE! And so…a-hem…I rather rashly announced last month that there should be some news and changes here by...
All About France #25

All About France #25

Welcome to All About France the monthly blog linky all about France!   Simply put, this is the place to link up blog posts with a French theme.  And today is extra special as we’ve been running for 2 whole years.  Happy anniversary #AllAboutFrance!  Thank you to...
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...
All About France #24

All About France #24

Bonne Année, meilleurs voeux, Happy New Year to everyone in the lovely #AllAboutFrance community,  I hope you’ve all had a wonderful festive season and are now ready to spoil us with inspiring tales of and from France. As this is my little part of the great...
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...
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...
About me

About me

Hello, bonjour, bienvenue and welcome to my blog! As you’re here, doing me the great honour of reading my blog, the least I can do is to tell you a little about about myself and what to expect in the Lou Messugo Blog. I’m Phoebe, a British and Australian...
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...
Roquefort and Beyond: A Local Wine Guide

Roquefort and Beyond: A Local Wine Guide

I’m excited to present my very first guest blogger today, wine connoisseur Chrissie McClatchie.  I’ve been thinking about a post dedicated to local wines for a while but while I know when I like a wine that about as far as my knowledge goes.  I’m no...
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...
The 2CV, a French icon

The 2CV, a French icon

A recent visit by a friend in her Deux Chevaux and the subsequent popularity of the photo I posted on my Facebook page gave me the idea for this post about a true French icon, the 2CV. I’m talking about the little car that looks like a toy, sounds like a lawn mower...
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...
Travelling apricots

Travelling apricots

It’s apricot season and I’m in heaven.  Juicy, soft apricots bursting with Mediterranean warmth and flavour are all around and this year we had our own first crop. Twenty-six fruits to be precise but out of little things big things grow, and you’ve...
When the Tour came to town

When the Tour came to town

Watching Bradley Wiggins win the Tour de France today brought back happy memories of the last time I saw it live, back in 2009, when it came through Roquefort les Pins. We were actually living temporarily in Cagnes sur Mer while our home, Lou Messugo, was being built...
Driving to the South of France

Driving to the South of France

Driving to the South of France from the UK or northern Europe is very doable, pleasurable even, particularly if you make the journey part of the fun and take your time.  Many of the guests at Lou Messugo drive from the UK and while there are plenty of dedicated...
Anecdotes from Cannes

Anecdotes from Cannes

We have a friend who works in distribution and promotion of French films around the world.  Every year he comes to the Cannes Film Festival and every year he tries to get us tickets for a black tie, red carpet première.  Here’s the story of our first time. The...
What is “Lou Messugo”?

What is “Lou Messugo”?

Lou Messugo is the name of our home. We built our house in an area with limited street names and no street numbers at all so we wanted it to have a name, an identity. We built knowing we were going to run a gîte, all the more important to have a name.   We wanted to...
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...

Food and shopping

The area is a foodie’s paradise with traditional markets bursting with fresh local produce (Roquefort every Wednesday morning, Valbonne on Fridays, Antibes every morning amongst many others) and restaurants galore to suit all tastes and budgets.   Roquefort les...

Gastronomie et shopping

La région est un véritable paradis pour les gourmets avec ses marchés traditionnels regorgeant de produits locaux (à Roquefort les Pins tous les mercredis matin, Valbonne tous les vendredis matin et Antibes tous les matins, entre autres) et toute une gamme de...

Beaches

The nearest beach is at Villeneuve-Loubet, only 15 mins away by car, where you will find all the water sports you can imagine and a friendly yacht club that rents sailing boats by the hour. Our experienced automotive locksmiths can provide you with a variety of auto...

Plages

La plage la plus proche se trouve à Villeneuve Loubet, à 15mn en voiture, où on trouvera tous les sports d’eau imaginables et un club de voile accueillant qui loue des voiliers et catamarans à l’heure. La plage de galets est propre et selon le vent le bodyboard est...

The surroundings

{vsig}environnement-gallery{/vsig} The apartment is attached to, but fully independent of, a beautiful new family home, built in traditional provençal style with pretty louvered shutters.  It has access to a large wooded garden with majestic pines, olive trees, oaks...

L’environnement

{vsig}environnement-gallery{/vsig} L’appartement fait partie mais reste indépendant d’une belle maison de famille flambant neuve,  construite dans le style provençal avec de beaux volets persiennés.   La terrasse privative donne sur un jardin complanté de pins...

Welcome to our home

We are a Franco/British/Australian couple with 2 children.  We are bilingual and multi-cultural and having spent many years travelling and living in Asia, Eastern Europe and Australia we settled in Roquefort les Pins in 2007.  We fell headover heels in love with the...

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