…plein air painting at Coin Oublié

plein air painting at Coin Oublié

Living in Touraine  was/is  a wonderful experience. Feeling it was time to move on, we sought a house in the mountains, ending up with a farm of 13 hectares in Correze. A little paradise we are now busy restoring ourselves, keeping the old stories alive and bringing in new ones to pass onto coming generations.

Why Coin Perdu? Because it is a corner in th countryside we are making our own. We constantly live with corners in every facet of our lives; painting a corner of the Loire, or a corner of  our garden; our open spaced house is divided into corners – for reading, for indulging in music. In the coffee corner we make coffee. In the lazy corner, we curl up with a blanket and the cats…In our forgotten/lost corner in Puy d’Arnac we lose ourselves in whatever the days offer us. We forget about life on the other side of the hills. We move in harmony with nature, with its  brooks and streams, forests with majestic old oak giants, and far off  views on distant mountains.  The rhythm is so different to our life  here in Montlouis, where everyday is a hustle and bustle of working and winemaking and commuting to Paris and the unpredictable Loire flowing unperturbed past our house .

We will be doing all the restoration on our mountain house ourselves, with help from local handymen. We have done a lot of work ourselves here in Montlouis where we’ve been living for seven years and now we’ll apply some of what we’ve learnt in this new adventure, while we live and sleep in the barn…and yes, with all we need; a corner for a refreshing shower, running water, a corner to coffee and cook, not forgetting a painting corner, a comfy bed and….but why am I telling you all this when you can read and see it all here!



8 responses

  1. What an inspiring place and exciting adventure you and your family have embarked on. Congratulations and good luck…

    Looking forward to reading your updates as you share your journey renovating and creating your new home in Coin Perdu with us! All the best—


    June 16, 2009 at 4:03 pm

  2. Wonderful, Ronell! Your life IS your art…

    August 16, 2009 at 8:01 pm

  3. seanfraser

    How far are you from Paris

    August 24, 2009 at 7:11 am

  4. chloe

    i added you to my blogroll 🙂

    September 1, 2009 at 3:26 pm

  5. Pragtig en kunstig en presies nes jy is

    March 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm

  6. Marsha Anne

    Love, love your blog and all the pictures…. I want to keep in touch…

    August 2, 2011 at 2:41 am

  7. Andriette

    Wat n heerlike verrassing toe ek my Leef oopblaai en op die artikel oor jou afkom. Sommer dadelik jou blog besoek. Kry sommer heimwee oor vervloee dae toe ons bure was. My hart trek met n punt Frankryk toe na ek so vier jaar terug saam met n vriendin daar was. Sal beslis jou blog volg nou dat ek weet daarvan. xxx Andriette

    January 17, 2014 at 12:43 pm

  8. Rosemary de Bruijn

    hallo Ronelle, Dumela mamie, totaal onder die indruk van julle bedrywighede, kook en geniet dinge, skilderwerke en sommer als. Hoe kom mens by jou uit, ek’s totaal verdwaal, met vaucluse, dordogne ens. mis die resepte vir die appelkoos hoendertjies oor die kole, laat weet of jy op email bereik kan word. Ons is nou in spanje maar hoop om gou te verkoop en dan rigting SA of frankryk te gaan. Groete, familie de Bruijn

    June 14, 2015 at 2:12 pm

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