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So far Sue has created 34 blog entries.

Summer time in our garden at ‘Chatelain’ Mt Dandenong

By | February 3rd, 2014|Blog|

With endless days of 43 degrees plus, our garden at ‘Chatelain; Mt Dandenong is a wonderful place to escape the heat. With just under 5 acres of wild garden, keeping things maintained is a constant battle. We love the […]

Starting a Bed and Breakfast at Mt Dandenong

By | January 29th, 2014|Blog|

We have been toiling with the idea on and off now for around 17 years. Finally we have made the decision to have a B & B at home. Ironic since we have been doing our weekly holiday […]

Old Cast Iron Spiral Staircase sourced and iron balustrades to be found

By | January 20th, 2014|Blog|


The excitement always builds with a pending trip back to France. Every spare minute is used to find and source pieces we will need in order to maximise the time we spend at Maison des Templiers renovating. Just this morning […]

Happy New Year to all!

By | January 7th, 2014|Blog|


2014 – I love the start of a brand new year. I feel its going to be an exciting year of consolidation and promise.  Finally the Master Deed papers have arrived for our tiny piece of heaven in the Highlands of Scotland overlooking […]

Two Bedroom Top Floor Apartment at Maison des Templiers – appartement chatelain

By | December 6th, 2013|Blog|

After a colossal effort, our wonderful top floor apartment at Maison des Templiers is complete!

“appartement chatelaine” is a 2 bedroomed, sun filled, fully self-contained apartment situated on the top floor of the manor house. With windows on three sides […]

First snow for the season in Provence

By | November 27th, 2013|Blog|


This morning Brendan awoke to the first snow of the season in Mazan. As each hour passes the snow gets thicker, blanketing the roofs, vines and fields. All the while, back home in Melbourne Australia, its 32 degrees today!

French Antiques and treasures in Provence

By | November 10th, 2013|Blog|

One of my favourite things to do is scour the local villages, and weekend brocante markets in search of ‘treasures’ for our houses. Hours and hours of sheer joy awaits in search of that perfect ‘something’ This  tiny store in […]

Works commence at Maison des Templiers

By | November 10th, 2013|Blog|

Work begins on our wonderful top floor ‘apartment’. Over the next two weeks, this stage will be complete with new kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms and large lounge. The ‘Solar’ Chambre (bedroom), (see photo), has panoramic views over the Luberon Mountains, vineyards […]

13th Century Fresco’s on walls – Knights Templar

By | October 28th, 2013|Blog|

These incredible 13th Century fresco’s were discovered in our house in recent times. It is believed a previous owner of the house was frightened by the Knights Templar and had the ancient fresco’s plastered over. During our first weeks […]

Ancient well and hidden staircases

By | October 25th, 2013|Blog|

We had barely scratched the surface before we discover another abandoned staircase. It would appear the damage has been done in the past 15 years, sad considering it has withstood 800 years. It’s going to take time, however we […]