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cordialement, Leeann

week-end tresors...

Bonjour mes belles,

I hope that you all have a nice weekend. We had a fabulous one but we did not find as many treasures as we had hoped for but as it is a holiday here this Wednesday there are quite a few brocantes taking place so we have everything crossed that we find some goodies on Wednesday.

One of yesterdays finds was a vintage "Our Lady of Fatima" music box, which plays ava maria and when you plug her in, she is surrounded in a beautiful  multi-coloured aura.

She is adorable and in immaculate condition. You will find more details here. An unusual and rare piece.

Next up is set of 5 antique booklets which are great for decorating as they are or tied with a piece of string or ribbon.

Another find was this antique publicity wall hanging for Bougies de Clichy. Love the vibrant colours and the detail of the design.

One of the last finds of the day was this Napoleon III Benetier/ Holy water font and crucifix. 

We have had these in stock before but this is the first time that we h…

French Food Friday...Red Wine Caramelised Onions Goats Cheese Tartlets

Photo and recipe from here
Bonjour mes belles,
I stumbled across this week on pinterest and must admit that I am a fan of this fabulous site as there is no end to the fabulous photos that one can find. For me it is one ever changing magazine and always seems to be bang up to date.....
This weeks recipe has a lot of my favourite ingredients and not only do they look great, they really are delicious.

Recipe | makes 8 medium tartlets |
 3 onions thinly sliced3 T olive oil1 cup of red wine3 T brown sugar3 – 4 sprigs of thyme leaves removed and a few extra for garnishing each tartSalt & black pepper2 sheets of puff pastry 23c x 23cms (1 pack of Woolies all butter puff)200g goats cheese (25g per tartlet)splash of milk to brush the pastry rimHeat the oil in a pan and fry the onions over a low heat until softened but not browned, about 15 minutes.

Add ½ the red wine and deglaze the pan, allowing all the liquid to cook off.

Add the sugar, thyme, salt and pepper and cook for 5 more minutes.

Add th…


photo from here

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

so lovely....

It has been another busy day and I am about to rush out the door but before I do, I just wanted to share one of the photos that I have just taken, with you.

How beautiful is this wisteria or as it is called in French glycine, it really is a lovely time of the year to be in France as there are many buildings covered with these beautiful flowers. It is a plant that appears to get better with age and it really enhances the old stone buildings....and on that note, I must disappear.

..amicalement, Leeann x

weekend treasure...

Bonjour mes belles,

I hope that you had a wonderful, relaxing weekend. Ours as normal, was a busy one and Sunday was spent hunting for tresors.

One of my first finds was this antique missal or as it is called in French Missel, it dates back to 1886 and really is in fabulous condition. 

Love the gold leaf detail on the pages and the clasps are gorgeous and rare nowdays asmost have beenbroken so it is rare to find one complete with original clasps.

The inside cover, so ornate.....
Every page features incricate borders.......

From the same antique dealer, were 3 antique extra large antique rosaries which were worn by monks when completing the pimgrimage to Lourdes.

Next up was this gorgeous lamp which I am keeping for me....

At the last brocante of the day, I found these fabulous candelabras which have lovely opaline flowers, these are for sale but collection is preferred due to the fragile nature of the glass flowers.

The last find of the day was this fabulous florentine style picture which is…

très bon week-end à tous...

photo ma cusine 9h30, 20 avril 2013

Bonjour from a very sunny SW France,

Just stopping by to wish you all a très bon week-end....

Leeann x

French Food Friday...White chocolate crème brûlée

photo and recipe from here

Bonjour mes belles,
I am happy that it is Friday as this week has been a particularly challenging week and not one that I want to repeat in a hurry hence I will be happy to get this one out of the way and start a fresh one. Hence I feel that some chocolate is required and as a lover of white chocolate this is exactly what is required after a hard week at the "office". White chocolate crème brûlée   Serves 8

 INGREDIENTS 568ml pot double cream …

this made my day...

Bonjour mes belles, 
I had a lovely and very unexpected surprise this morning....a local lady who I had given a few bits and pieces of antique fabric and lace arrived with this beautiful gift that she had made for me. So beautiful that I wanted to share it with you...
Love the attantion to detail, so beautifully made.....

I have already decided where I am going to hang it, on the side of my armoire in my bedroom.

Such a kind and beautiful gesture, it really made my day.....
à demain, Leeann x  

Love this colour...

photo from here
Bonsoir mes belles,

It has been a busy day so please excuse the lateness of this post. I have a thing about purple and think that a little of this gorgeous colour goes a long way....

Hence it will come as no surprise that one of our new colours for Spring includes a lovely French Lavender colour. These lovely vintage monogrammed napkins are the first arrivals with more on the way.

 I am now off to cook dinner, tonight it is a moroccan chicken tagine for us....

à demain, Leeann x

Passage St Michel Bordeaux...

Bonjour mes belles,

I hope that you had a fabulous weekend. Yesterday it was hot and sunny and perfect weather for antique hunting in Bordeaux.

Unfortunately we did not find the items that we were searching for which is often the case but we had a great day in the sun and managed to get a table at our favourite restaurant which is reason enough to visit Bordeaux.

It is not the first time that I have mentioned this restaurant, it is set in the Passage st Michel antiques is superb as is the wine and I always manage to find something to buy.

Yesterday was no exception, we found a fabulous mirror which I have yet to take a photograph of but will take a photo of it tomorrow.  Back to work I must go...

...très bonne semaine à tous, Leeann x

bon week-end à tous...

fab photo from here
The weekend is for lots of lovely sunshine  here, so I am sure that we will spend a lot of our weekend outdoors.

Where ever you are, what ever you are doing,  I hope that you all have a très bon week-end.....
Leeann x

French Food Friday...Coeur à la Crème with Raspberries

recipe and photo from here
Bonjour mes belles,

This week's recipe is a classic and a romantic dessert, perfect for two; coeur à la crème. This adorable, creamy heart — the name literally translates into "heart of cream" is rich, sweet, and has to be shared. 

Note to make this, you will need a heart shaped mould which can be made of either porcelain or plastic. 
Ingredients1 cup of mascarpone cheese, at room temperature1/2 cup crème fraîche3/4 cup powdered sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons lemon zest from 1 lemonPinch of salt2 cups heavy cream
For The Raspberry Sauce1 cup raspberries2 tablespoons sugar ProceduresSet a small cooling rack inside of a small, rimmed baking sheet. Line a coeur à la crème mold with four sheets of cheesecloth, one of top of the other. Set the mold on top of the cooling rack and set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine mascarpone and crème fraîche, beating on medium-low speed until creamy. …


photo from here
I just had to share this with certainly made me smile!
Leeann x

a watchful eye...

This is one of French Boyfriend's latest finds which is now hanging on the wall in the new boutique. I adore him and think that he looks equally as good displayed on the wall or on an easel.

He has rather a majestic air and at the same time is keeping an eye on what is going on.....

Speaking of going on, I had better get going as I have beaucoup de travaille....

à demain, Leeann x

weekend in one photo...

Bonjour mes belles,

I hope that you had a nice weekend, our as normal was a busy one.

Saturday morning was spent at the new boutique, it makes me smile when I write this as I think of when my sister and  I were little girls playing shop, taking turns with what used to be my grandfather's old cash register.

Yesterday was spent sorting out stock for the shop as we have a lot of stock stored in garages and the such like.

My plan for the week is to try and reorganise my sounds so easy when I write these three words but think that in practice it will not be so simple.

....bon début de semaine à vous tous !!, Leeann x

trés bon week-end à tous....

Just wanted to wish you all a trés bon week-end....
Leeann x

French Food Friday....Baguette Recipe

Makes: 4Preparation time: 45 minutes plus rising timeCooking time: 15 minutes
You will need:
600g all-purpose white wheat flour
400g water
1 ½ tsp instant yeast, 2 tsp dry yeast, or ¾ cake fresh yeast
1 tbsp salt

1. Make a pre-dough on the first day. In a bowl, mix 200g of the flour, 200g of the water and half a teaspoon of the instant yeast (or ¾ teaspoon of the dry yeast or ¼ cake of the fresh yeast). Cover with a clingfilm and allow to rest for 12 to 24 hours.
2. If you are using instant or fresh yeast, put the remaining 400g flour, the remaining 200g water, the remaining 1 teaspoon instant or ½ teaspoon cake fresh yeast and all the salt in a big bowl. Add the pre-dough. Mix the ingredients together, then scrape them onto the counter.
3. If you are using dry yeast, put the remaining 400g flour in a big bowl and make a well. Sprinkle the remaining one and a quarter teaspoons dry yeast in the well and add 100g of the water. Allow to rest for 15 minutes. You may or …

love this...

photo from
Love the red drawers, they really pop out at you.....I have just finished painting a console table which has two drawers and to be honest I like the old white colour that I have painted it but am thinking of painting the inside of the drawers a different colour...just need to decide on a colour!

à demain mes belles, Leeann x

a delight....

That is what I am calling this fabulous vintage sewing box, that I found at the weekend.

There are two fabulous layers of compartments and each is filled with lots of lovely vintage buttons, zips, cotton etc.

Did I mention that I also have 3 old tins full of lovely old buttons in all shapes and sizes?

I think that I may need a sewing section on Fabulously French bientot...

trés bonne journée à tous, Leeann x

hello sailor...

Bonjour mes belles,

I hope that you are all having a fabulous break. We picked up a few tresors over the weekend which I have yet to photograph but just had to share a quick photo of one of them with you. 

It is a vintage hat from the marine nationale and according to French Boyfriend people use to touch the red pom pom to bring them luck.

I also have the trousers, shirt complete with anchor and jacket should anyone fancy dressing up.....

à demain, Leeann x