Our summer holiday letting season is now well underway and our guests have the opportunity to savor the summer delights of South West France. During the summer months   “ Marche Gourmands” are a popular evening event. Some towns have weekly Marche Gourmands with each town having their regular day. It is a great time to get together with friends and sit in the town square wining and dining. There is usually music from a live band and as the evening sun warms the night air, the dancing and partying begins.

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The markets in Quercy are full of the fresh local produce, they are colourful and vibrant. The area is known for the quality of food and there is something special about shopping at a market for all that is seasonal and fresh. It's then great to return home and produce a meal to be shared, sitting in the garden, with family and friends. July is all about the sunflowers, it is beautiful to see the fields full of the golden heads turned to the sun. It is no wonder that these flowers are called tournesol in French,” turn to the sun”.

Montcuq market - Sunday Mornings

Montcuq market - Sunday Mornings

During July we have continued to develop and move forward with decoration and new ideas. We have given the pool house a coat of paint and bought new tablecloths to brighten the surfaces. With the BBQ and fridge it is well used in the summer for outdoor dining and provides welcome shade on a hot day. Montaigu and Lauzerte bedrooms have had curtains. We debated for quite a while whether this was necessary as we also have shutters and the stone relief around the windows is rather beautiful and a shame to hide. However the curtains have now been hung and the stone relief is still visible. We are pleased, the large heavy fabric gives warmth and texture to the rooms.

Montaigu bedroom and it's new drapes.

Montaigu bedroom and it's new drapes.

The pool house, a new tablecloth and clock. The walls have been painted golden retriever yellow!

The pool house, a new tablecloth and clock. The walls have been painted golden retriever yellow!

The summer kitchen. This room leads out onto the terrace. This is the second kitchen, the cuisine is on the first floor.

The summer kitchen. This room leads out onto the terrace. This is the second kitchen, the cuisine is on the first floor.

The old stone sink in Montaigu shower room. There is a new one too to use!

The old stone sink in Montaigu shower room. There is a new one too to use!

The Bolet view in July

The Bolet view in July

The Campsis or trumpet vine has beautiful orange flowers this year.

The Campsis or trumpet vine has beautiful orange flowers this year.

Last but not least Emmie, she is loving our field now it has been bailed.

Last but not least Emmie, she is loving our field now it has been bailed.

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