Category Archives: Artisans

Seats Please

 Take your Seats Please. In the Roman town of Autun, which is situated on the south-eastern edge of the Morvan, I stumbled upon a lovely little shop on a cobbled street near to the Cathedral, St-Lazare, in the old town. It's located next to two of my favorite restaurants - more  about  those in another post. The newly opened tapisserie d' ameublement, is appropriately named  "Seats Please". Anne -Laure Roty, the owner, has spent the last few years traveling the world, honing her craft. Spending her apprenticeship in France,she worked with traditional upholstery artisans, before traveling Read more!


  I'm not sure who said 'the heart of the home is its kitchen. When I was younger, I spent school holidays at my uncle's farm deep in the Oxfordshire countryside. The family spent most of the time in the large farmhouse kitchen, as the living room was off limits and only used on Sundays. At one end of the kitchen was a large wood-burning range. In the spring this was used to keep orphaned newborn lambs warm while being bottle-fed. On cold wet days it's where you stood to dry out with a big mug of strong tea after a hard days work on the farm. Here in France, and especially in Burgundy Read more!

Mont-Saint-Jean Retreat

 Mont-Saint-Jean Retreat If you are thinking of holidaying in France. Consider the Cote d' Or region of Burgundy with its peaceful way of life, exceptional wine, it's rich history and culture. There are some wonderful romantic spots to stay and today I wanted to introduce you to Anna, who has created a magical romantic retreat in the medieval village of Mont-Saint-Jean. Anna moved to Burgundy about 9 years ago, she grew up in the outback of Australia and then spent 22 years living in London. Yearning to be back in the countryside, but not to far from close friends and family in Europe. Read more!

Waldorf Dolls

  As I spend more time discovering the Morvan and the folks that call this region of France home. I am amazed at the talent, hidden away in the small villages and hamlets that are dotted around this beautiful countryside. One never knows what you may discover down a country lane. Situated in the grounds of a small château, I stumbled upon the beautiful unique Hugger-Mugger Waldorf Dolls. Artisan doll-maker Sue Paine is one of those creative talented, artist who have made the Morvan her home. Original from England she attended the London Collage of Fashion. She went on to work Read more!

Mosaic Workshop Morvan

Mozayiko. Morvan Ladies first artisan, is my neighbour and good friend Susanne Struck, who crafts beautiful mosaic art in her atelier here in the Morvan. German-born Susanne came to France in 1997.  First settling in the South of France, where she discovered mosaic art and attended her first workshop in Nice. It all started as a hobby, but soon she wanted to learn more about techniques and the different kinds of mosaics. During a period of professional activity in Paris she regularly went to mosaic classes in the evenings, spent a creative holiday in Ravenna, Italy, which is famous for Read more!