Monday, May 18, 2015

The Brocante and the Park

The Brocante and the Park in France
Yesterday morning we left early to go to a big Brocante being held in Charlotte's home town. This is just a fraction of what I bought. I never cease to be amazed by the stuff the French don't want but we lust after.
The Brocante and the Park in France
My car is filling up fast with new pieces for Ghost Furniture. We went through Picardie to a Gastronomique Brocante in the afternoon. That's a brocante with tons of food for the uninitiated.

The Brocante and the Park in France
It's hard to believe that under this stunningly beautiful Picardie landscape there still lay the bones of young men from the two world wars. Graveyards full of identical crosses are numerous. So so sad.
The Brocante and the Park in France
Today we took Tiana to the park after school. It's not hard to find delicious picnic fayre here.
The Brocante and the Park in France
The French do a good park.
The Brocante and the Park in France
Tiana got so excited with this flower that it fell off its stem just after I took this picture. Well that's her story and she's sticking to it.
The Brocante and the Park in France
Some wonderful colour inspirations from nature.
The Brocante and the Park in France
I told Tiana to stand in front of the fountain so the water would come out of her head,
The Brocante and the Park in France
each time I said it she put her hand on her head to check.
The Brocante and the Park in France
Wall flowers through a stone arch.
The Brocante and the Park in France


Here's something I didn't know until today. You can't make daisy chains from French daisies as their stems are too thin to split. Wimps!
Link to image of Picardie landscape

Friday, May 15, 2015

2 Days In Paris With My Intrepid Daughter

2 Days In Paris
My lovely daughter booked us a stay in Paris so on Wednesday morning Charlotte and I set off in the car.. She, unlike me, will drive in Paris with no fear and the fact that she is 7 months pregnant and the size of a small country does not faze her. We checked into the hotel (above) with it's amazing facade and
2 Days In Paris
 then set off to explore. We stayed in the Oberkampf district which is full of unusual shops with the usual jaw dropping window displays.
2 Days In Paris
This taxidermist stopped us in our tracks.
2 Days In Paris
We wandered into the Marais for a delicious lunch and spotted this chandlier made from paper coffee cups - inspirational. It lit up as well.
2 Days In Paris
Next morning we took the car to Bastille where there was a huge market and we stocked up on fresh fruit, vegetables and
2 Days In Paris
meat. The French could teach us Brits a thing or two about markets.
2 Days In Paris
After our drive back home we had this to look forward to. Viva la France!
This weekend we are hitting the brocantes.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Day In Soissons

A Day In Soissons
Today we stayed close to home but went into the city of Soissons. One of my favourite supermarkets is unique. Foods from all over the world and plenty that are home grown. Above is a form of aparagus I have never seen before.
Vapour streams from each counter. 
A Day In Soissons
After shopping we popped into the Cathedral
A Day In Soissons
It is stunning as you can see.
A Day In Soissons
Tomorrow Charlotte and I are off to Paris for a couple of days. Well why not?

Monday, May 11, 2015

This Is Why I Love France

This Is Why I Love France
Because you always get a great and super cheap lunch if you eat with the locals.
This Is Why I Love France
When you order a coffee they bring 4 desserts to go with it included in the price.
This Is Why I Love France
Little towns are full of privately owned stores selling amazing thimgs.
This Is Why I Love France
and not at exorbitant prices.
This Is Why I Love France
This is me in France and I love it.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Going It Alone To France

driving to france
Tomorrow I leave for France and for the first time I wil be driving there on my own. A bit daunting I must admit but hey I am quite capable.
french brocante
I am staying with Charlotte and family for 2 weeks. It's brocante season so I will be in my element.
french brocante
I am re-vamping Ghost Furniture to accomodate more French antiques, the sort I usually pass by because they don't need to be brought back to life.
french brocante 
These items are just to good to overlook anymore.
french brocante
I have my shopping list and can't wait to get started.



shopping paris
Charlotte has booked us a couple of days in Paris as she now lives in Picardie.

bastille brocante
The Bastille Antiques Fair is on and just around the corner from oour hotel as is
merci paris
Merci which is my favourite Parisian shop and it's holding an Urban Market during my stay.
french food market
Of course no visit to France should exclude a few trips to the food markets, they do them so well.
french cafe
Stopping for coffee and people watching  is high on the agenda.
merci fiat
My car may look a little like this on my return. AU REVOIR
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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Let There Be Light

light and bright interiors
I can't wait to get to France next week for some warmth and sunshine. I have spent the last month or so brightening up my cottage with whites and lighter colours in general. It's made a huge difference not only to my surroundings but to my mood.
light and bright interiors
However it's all so much better when the sun shines. These images I found at vtwonen where what inspired me. Gorgeous or what?

light and bright interiors

light and bright interiors

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Mine Still Looks Shit

spiral staircase
I love a bit of rough luxe. That mix of totally shabby and pristine. However shabby the walls this spiral staircase looks amazing as does
rough luxe
 this beautiful lounge.
peeling paint french shutters
Peeling paint in the French sunshine is always a winner but
peeling paint garden wall
my wall on the terrace outside my cottage just doesn't hit the mark even when
peeling paint garden wall
the sun is shining. I need to paint it as it just looks shit.
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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Decisions, Decisions

Big City Sneakers by Be&D
When you just can't decide whether to dress up or down.  Big City Sneakers by Be&D