My Mazamet

Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho

Another Mazaversary!!! Also, lunch and dogs

The Ukrainian branch of the family is in a secure location so let’s set aside for a moment all the terrible things happening in the world. As we celebrate another … Continue reading

March 9, 2022 · 38 Comments

February Auction Highlights, London & Madrid

Still time to bid! Each with caned seat and back with loose cushions upholstered in red and cream damask. Profoundly French. I’ve always loved sitting at dining tables where everyone … Continue reading

February 9, 2022 · 34 Comments

Happy Holidays!!! To Every Thing There is a Season, and a Time To Every Purpose

We’ve had a lovely bit of very welcomed sunshine lately to brighten up what’s been an emotional time. As we’ve completed our seventh year in France we also lost the … Continue reading

December 20, 2021 · 41 Comments

The Redemptive Power of Beautiful Things

A more light-hearted post since whenever one turns on the television all we hear are terrible things – so I give you some beautiful things: I found this great little … Continue reading

October 17, 2020 · 46 Comments

Isolation has increased productivity.

I finally got around to restoring the George I st chest that we found in Castres. If you recall, it was in a dubious state (see below) – which meant … Continue reading

June 12, 2020 · 44 Comments

An 18th Century Walnut Sofa, Circa 1730; And other thoughts including on people who see Jesus on toast

It’s a very conservative estimate, but there’s a chance someone will end up with an outstanding piece of furniture for a very reasonable price. I still find it baffling that … Continue reading

May 12, 2020 · 34 Comments

One can tell by my eyes that I’ve probably been crying forever

Firstly, thank you all so much for the kind comments. I just didn’t have it in me to respond. I went to the vegetable shop yesterday and despite my efforts … Continue reading

April 3, 2020 · 21 Comments

Shattered.

Late last night, as I was going to bed, Rudy started twitching. A strange affair, like electric shocks going through his body. This developed into ever bigger seizures/strokes. A while … Continue reading

March 30, 2020 · 31 Comments

The Mayan Conquest

Intense. There’s no better word to describe this first month. Maya’s life experience has created a very unique mindset. Humans have a tendency to personalise everything – and so, I … Continue reading

November 16, 2019 · 51 Comments

Maya, Day II

I’ve cut away most of her matted fur and she’s had a bath. She arrived Tuesday evening because things got delayed at the shelter. The night was peaceful but she … Continue reading

October 3, 2019 · 36 Comments

Life can be difficult

I usually make an effort not to talk about unpleasant things – but sometimes life just doesn’t cooperate with me. There have been two things this this year that have … Continue reading

September 27, 2019 · 59 Comments

Entirely Unreasonable

From -3 on Tuesday to +17 on Friday. Insane. Snow doesn’t have a chance in these conditions. Here’s Rudy in his work clothes. We have the impression the power’s gone … Continue reading

February 11, 2018 · 17 Comments

A Carpet for the Study

A very attractive silk and wool Bidjar from the first half of the 20th century in just exceptional condition. It fits the room beautifully leaving about the same distance on … Continue reading

January 25, 2018 · 27 Comments

Happy Holidays!!!

Wishing you all the best of everything – just as long as it’s just that little bit less good than whatever I get 😀

December 21, 2017 · 56 Comments

Welcome to the age of anger

The seismic events of 2016 have revealed a world in chaos – and one that old ideas of liberal rationalism can no longer explain by Pankaj Mishra “Writing in the … Continue reading

December 8, 2016 · 22 Comments

Morgan posing & my first (Toscana) strawberries

July 1, 2016 · 10 Comments

February: Skip a single little luxury month

The Max Mello association for animal’s plea got me thinking. Exchange rates, life, well being, Brazil’s £130 per month minimum wage. How a pretty boxed bottle of Cristal champagne is … Continue reading

February 8, 2016 · 30 Comments

If you love animals: The MaxMello Association for the Support of Animal Life needs an urgent hand |

Amazing work being done by this group in a part of the world where animals are regularly mistreated. They accept donations through paypal or bank transfer. Click on the link … Continue reading

February 7, 2016 · 9 Comments

It only took me 11 months…

…to figure out the weather forecasts here. We didn’t get the freezing below zero temperatures and snow as had been forecast (our low was 3.8 degrees). Why? They weren’t wrong; … Continue reading

January 24, 2016 · 8 Comments

That was quick

The last post made me go through the pictures since our arrival. The first night here was Monday, March 9th. As the gates opened I was in absolute awe of the … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 · 12 Comments

In all, a good week.

The backsplashes in the kitchen are finally fitted. So is the mirror in the master bathroom. And we’ve finally moved into the master bedroom even though it’s not quite done … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · 13 Comments

Terrace floors chosen and ordered

The choice was surprisingly easy. We wanted something that more-or-less matched the facade of the house, so it had to be grey-brown, and this was the only one that came … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · 18 Comments

Living on a ledge

My theory for buying furniture for the new house was it was all going to be different. The furniture was going to be oversized this time around. No more being … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · 6 Comments