Friday, 29 July 2011

vendredi fleurs...

Bonjour a tous,

Hope that you have a good week. Here the sun is shining again in SW France, which is perfect for the weddings that are taking in place in our village this weekend. I love the way that the French decorate the church complete with flower filled archway and will try and take some photos tomorow.

I have just returned from a visit to our lovely "flower man" as I need some fresh flowers for the apartments. I love the fact that I select and he cuts, you cannot get much fresher than this.

I took my camera with me hence today's photo was taken a few minutes ago and is also fresh. I love the way that this rose appears to be reaching for the sky and is the only one left standing.

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend/ je vous souhaite a tous un week-end fabuleux... Leeann x

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

a little bedtime reading...

This week has been a little cloudy and grey which is not normal for this time of the year but it has come as a welcome respite from the hot dry spell that went on and on and despite being fabulous for the tourists, was not so good for the local producers including the local vignerons.

For me I cannot think of anything nicer than curling up with a good book knowing that it is grey and damp outside.

On top of my reading list was "Love in a Warm Climate" written by Helena Frith Powell.

The blurb on the back of the book goes something like this....

What do you do if you find a bra in your husband's luggage that isn't yours? Or even his!

This is the dilemma facing mother-of-three Sophie Reed, shortly after she moves to France with her family to start a new life. As they are unpacking her husband admits to having an affair with a French woman called Cecile. Sophie thinks about throwing him out with the bra. But then what? Should she move back to England?

Her inner French woman tells her otherwise. She is getting to know her enigmatic, aristocratic neighbour. And then there is her old flame, the breathtakingly sexy, and now famous, Johnny Fray...French women think nothing of having several lovers, but is that the answer for an inexperienced English girl who has been married for ten years?

I enjoyed this book and loved the fact that it was a light read and yet at the same time not dissimilar to events that had taken place in my own life.

I particularly loved the rules at the beginning of each chapter, such as:

Rule 3:Pick a lover who has as much to lose as you do

Rule 6: Be breathtaking, be sexy; but above all be discreet (loved this quote as discreet as a favourite word of my French boyfriend)

Rule 8: Falling in love (or even lust) keeps you young

Rule 22: Personal grooming is your only religion.

A fabulous read which made me laugh and keep me wanting to read more.

So if you are looking for a some light bedtime/daytime/anytime reading I would recommend this fabulous and of course French book.

I am now off to catch up all the chores that I have not completed due to the fact that I was reading this book when I was supposed to be working....

A tres bientot, Leeann x

Monday, 25 July 2011

looks like fun...

{fabulous photo from here}

Looks like fun, what do you think? I am not sure that I could sit still long enough but I think that it would make a change from cleaning....

Bonne semaine à tous ! =) ... Leeann x

Friday, 22 July 2011

a "sweet" film for the weekend...

Click on this photo for a sweet surprise......

Bon weekiend a tous.....Leeann x

vendredi fleurs...

{photo taken in a small village on route to Sarlat}

Bonjour from a cooler SW France, how was your week? Mine was a busy one which saw up having to drive to Sarlat (fabulous medieval village 1 1/2 hrs drive away) to deliver a buffet that proved to be bigger than most vans.

Needless to say we were happy when we found a van big enough and it is now happy in it's new home. The new owner is planning on giving it the "patine" treatment.

I cannot wait to see the finished result. I also have a few items that I would like to paint but think that these will be Autumn projects.

This weekend I am going to be helping French boyfriend with the decoration of his new antique shop, what are you doing this weekend?

Bon journee a tous, Leeann x

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Made me smile...

When I saw this photo on this morning it made me smile. I love the way that the arm is resting on the pillar.

Bon journee a tous, L x

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Vive la Franc...

When I saw these tea towels at this mornings brocante in our village, I could not help but smile.

The reason for the smile, they have a price tag in francs.....a currency that has not existed since 1998.

The vendor explained that they came from a famous store called L'Aquitaine that no longer exists.

I could not resist buying them (5 in total) so if anyone wants a slice of history albeit not very old, they are 10 euros each and you will find them here.

I also have 3 vintage tea towels that came from the same vendor that are older - circa 1940's for the same price.

You can find them here......

Bon diamanche a tous, Leeann x

Friday, 15 July 2011

vendredi fleurs...

oops I almost forgot that today is Friday/vendredi with yesterday being a holiday, it does not feel like Friday.....

Also a reminder for those of you in the area on Sunday, it is our local brocante, which is taking place in the garden of the old chateau and weather permitting, it should be a great day.

Wishing you all a fabulous Friday/ Je vous souhaite un vendredi fabuleux....

Leeann x

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Happy Bastille Day....

Tomorrow is La Fête Nationale in France and as with most of France we will be celebrating and the day will finish with a fabulous display of fireworks in the village.....I cannot wait.

Leeann x

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Monogramme fever...

It seems like this week is going to be the week for monogrammes.
We have new in stock this week some gorgeous antique sheets, all of which have wonderful monogrammes.

Some are small and some are large like the one shown below.

Price 60 euros + postage

A little bit of history on the monogramme.....

The marking of linen was not done originally for decorative purposes. Marking was made solely for laundry identification on washday. Each item held the indelible ink mark or stitching of its household on one corner. The Royals had “linen maids”. In the countryside, the whole village participated in the commoners' washdays. The laundresses used to go down to the stream or river together. They would all work alongside each other and it was easy to mix up the household items amongst the workers.

Fine, wealthy families in Europe considered linens precious items, as they were frequently woven in the rarest of fabrics. It was also an opportunity to show off and to display each others linens. They would spread everything out on the meadow to dry. This would call attention to the abundance of household items and social position. Often items were stolen due to their value, so families began marking their linens. Later, commercial laundries were available and the markings kept everything in order.

The monogram evolved in the 19th century, as the French Kings and nobles began personalizing their linens with large symbols of crests and coat of arms. The beauty of the embroidery enhanced the household and confirmed their wealth. Soon thereafter, others followed suit and began imitating the royalty by having their own linens embroidered. This is how the embroidered monogram evolved.

In imitation of the Kings, the trousseau became popular in the 1800's. Monogrammed linen was richly symbolic in the trousseau, as this was their mark of family wealth. Bourgeois European society even set up “trousseau funds” to enable the poorest of girls to have some household linen when they married. The trousseau was always brought by the bride and remained her property in case of widowhood or remarriage.

Included in the trousseau was a list which looked something like the one that appears below.....

Linge de maison :
18 paires de draps/sheets
30 taies d'oreillers/pillow cases
2 douzaines de tabliers/aprons
8 douzaines de torchons/tea towels
4 douzaines de serviettes de toilettes/bath towels
5 douzaines de serviettes de table/table napkins
5 nappes

Hope that you enjoyed learning a little about the history of the monogramme, I am off to continue with photographing the new stock...

Bon journee a tous, Leeann x

Monday, 11 July 2011

5 hours from our house...

is the wonderful city called Barcelona. It is one of my favourite cities, the architecture is fabulous as is the food and there are lots of fabulous shops................What more could a girl want?

Thought that you may like this, How to be a stylish tourist in Barcelona, click here

A tres bientot, Leeann x

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Love at first sight....

As soon as I saw him, I knew he was the one for moi.

Unfortunately he belongs to someone else.......but hey a girl can dream, can't she?

Hope you are having a week-end fabuleux, Leeann x

Friday, 8 July 2011

vendredi fleurs..

{all photos from here}

Another busy week here in SW France as the holiday sesaon is now in full swing. It is a great time to be visiting the area as there is an abundance of concerts, exhibitions, markets scheduled for the summer months.

Next week is France's Fete Nationale and for me, it is a fabulous day as everyone young and old celebrates in some form or another and the night normally ends with a fabulous fireworks display - I still enjoy them as much as I did when I was a child growing up in NZ. The only difference being Dad is not placing rockets in gumboots and then checking as to why nothing has happened!

This weeks photo is courtesy of the lovely Sue Barber and some more of her lovely photos appear below. Sue and her husband Andy (who incidentally is also a great photographer) also have just opened a gorgeous antique shop in the village, which is a must visit if you are in the area.

I love this shot of the lillies with the old bistro chair.

This shot captures France in one photo....

This one is a personal favourite and I have this hanging in my kitchen.

My favourite French car and what makes this photo more special is that it was taken outside our local boulangerie which is situated on the village square.

Bon weekend a tous.....Leeann x

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

fabulous and french.....bien sur!

{photo from here}

I think that this meeting room at the newly opened Maison Martin Margiele hotel in Paris is most definitely fabulously French - what do you think, do you agree?

Leeann x

Monday, 4 July 2011

I adore these..

{photo from here}

I adore this photo as there is something that I find extremely appealing about these vintage valises.

Not sure if it is the decorative value or the fact that they conjure up memoires of days gone past. My plan for one of mine is to line the inside with wallpaper - I just need to decide which wall paper?

An easy decision I am not so sure....

Leeann x

Saturday, 2 July 2011

the perfect weather...

............for eating one of these.

It is another samedi très chaud in SW France.

Hope you are having a week-end fabuleux,

Leeann x

Friday, 1 July 2011

vendredi fleurs....

Not only is it Friday but it is the first day of a brand new month....bonjour juillet!

This weeks flowers come to you courtesy of my lovely neighbour Jay, aren't they stunning?

Not only does Jay have a way with flowers she is also a talented sculptress, you can see some of her fabulous work here.

Wishing you all a fabulous Friday and an even more fabulous month

Je vous souhaite à tous un merveilleux vendredi et un mois encore plus fabuleux, Leeann x

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