St Paul’s Chapître: A Hidden Gem

It’s the landmark of my little town and has been dominating its skyline for centuries: the Chapître-Collégiale: The tower of the chapter house has always been the landmark of St-Paul-de-Fenouillet, and is one the Fenouillèdes most remarkable buildings. Today hidden behind more modern building, you will  need to visit Le Chapître to truly appreciate it – the entrance is a tiny door right next to the tourist information. Its roots date back to 906, when the convent of Joucou belonged to the Benedictine monks. Following many noble endowments, the 16th century saw the installation of an organ, the addition of plaster decorations, the construction of the dome and other major works…

Our lovely rock garden

The previous owners of our home had a very elaborate watering system installed in their garden, and watering the plants was a daily passion. And chore. And when travelling, there were always doubts if the timer would work properly. But one day, I pulled out the watering system, and my neighbour curiously peeked over the fence when feeding his chicks. „What are you doing? It’s been so expensive!“. Well, may be. But plants needing a lot of water are not endemic to this region, nor my valley. So..I drove to La Villa Verde, a garden centre at the outskirts of Perpignan, and discussed options for setting up a new garden…

Perfect for cooking: your kitchen

Do you love cooking? Even though my kitchen is small, you will be able to work wonders. With hopefully all kitchen utensils supplied you may need. From pots and pans to casseroles, salad bowls, wine openers, or baking tools. And fine bone china for a nice cup of tea or coffee. So, to give you an idea what to expect, I opened my drawers and cabinets to allow curious glimpses. And welcome your comments on what might be missing!

Morning bells are ringing…

With the new website, audio and video features are possible. So, when the sun rose one morning, I grabbed my phone and did my very first video. Okay, not professional yet, but full of sweet souvenirs of a wonderful morning in southern France. And even though we are in late September, it is still sunny and surprisingly warm, with day temperatures up to 20 degrees Celsius. Now now: click here St-Paul-de-Fenouillet_Glocken©Hilke Maunder and enjoy!