Lalandusse is a small village in the Lot-et-Garonne department just south of the Dordogne border. There is a church and a war monument, a pizza pub and a few homes, to warrant a dot on the map. Fields and restored old farmhouses surround the village and this is where you’ll find Les Mouries, the home and gîte of British friends of mine. The British “invasion” of southwestern France began years ago and many of the old properties deserted by the French have been kept alive with pounds sterling investment. It is not difficult or unusual to find English-speaking people in the markets and cafés and everyone appears to get along despite historical centuries of war between England and France. On my most recent visit, a coda to my Amsterdam composition, the flowers were blooming, the fields were plowed and sown, and the town markets were in full swing. We visited Issigeac and Castillonnes for olives, white asparagus, broad beans, and ham…all incredibly vibrant, fresh, and local. Back at the house, my friends are putting in a pool and their gîte will be a perfect spot for both relaxing in the peaceful countryside and exploring Bergerac, Perigueux, Sarlat, and the bastide towns that dot the hilltops. More on that after an adventure there coming up in June. But for now, here are the last pictures of my April birthday trip which at this time, was Easter weekend.