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Walnuts - the wonder food

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Living in the Dordogne has many advantages, one of which is the hugely bountiful harvest that awaits us when the leaves on the trees start to curl and turn brown.   After a long, hot and dry summer where it feels like nothing but the lazy river moves, suddenly the rain arrives and the environment jump-starts itself back to life again.   Trees, plants and bushes start exploding with the most wonderful fruits, nuts and vegetables and the region. Fruit trees hang heavy and the birds have a field day. Autumnal vegetables such as squashes, pumpkins, onions and potatoes are suddenly ten...

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How to have an eco-friendly Halloween

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At Sophie’s Barn we absolutely adore Halloween. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up in crazy outfits and get out and about in the community for trick and treating.   Our resident black cat, Spook is also looking forward to his favourite time of year!   The Dordogne valley is the ideal place to hold a freaky gathering. The old medieval quarters of towns and villages and ancient châteaus whisk you back in time to when an encounter with a ghost seemed like a very real possibility.   On the 31st of October, kids gather in droves and parade through...

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New Solid Household Cleaning Soap.

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This solid household cleaning soap has been designed to clean really well, using all natural ingredients, nothing harmful or toxic, and minimising single use plastic. It is made using coconut and linseed oils, as well as some wood ash. Who’d have thought these three ingredients brought together could be so powerful ;)

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Financially Surviving Wedding Season as a Guest

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A list of money saving hacks for wedding attendees so you can catch the bouquet without breaking the bank!

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French Lavender in the Lot and Why We Love It

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There are currently around 50 species of lavender flowing around the world. You’ll find it in Asia, China, India, The Mediterranean, Africa, and Europe. Farmers in the Lot, just a few kilometres down the road from Sophie's Barn, are proud to keep alive the lavender farming traditions of the area. Most markets in the Lot have stalls selling locally grown lavender. Alongside the Lot, the lavender grown in Provence and the Midi-Pyrenees and other regions of South West France is some of the most beautiful and best quality in the world. Grown to rigorous trading standards, French lavender is so...

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