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Bonjour from a very sunny SW France....

{fabulous parasols in Sarlat, a village not far from Maison No. 20}

Today is going to be another hot day in SW France and the forecast for the next couple of days is for more of the same...

Tomorrow is a holiday here (Lundi de Pentecôte)so locals and tourists alike are making the best of the sun while it lasts.

Yesterday we went to the garden centre along with what seemed like 1/2 the population of France. I have bought some fabulous geraniums for our window boxes so my plan is to plant these this afternoon.

Last night we had a picnic dinner by the lake and tonight we are having a BBQ on the terrace at Maison de Poitiers.

What are you doing today?Que faites-vous aujourd'hui?

L x


  1. We went to a Greek Festival here in Brisbane - plenty of octopus and honey puffs! I fell in love with Sarlat in March this year, wish I had known about your shop then. Fantastic post.

  2. Your day sounds so much more exciting then mine. Very hot and humid on the coast so will probably work on designs and even take a few naps. Have a wonderful day! I love the red parasols.
    xx, Michelle

  3. What a lovely photo!

    I'm also planting today. Clouds just moved in, so I am hoping to beat the rain.

  4. We are also enjoying the most beautiful weather here in the U.K. ...and it's set to continue for a few more days.
    I must get my green fingers into action as well !! XXXX

  5. Yesterday I went brocanteshopping, and had a wonderfull day!!! Today we are enjoying the sun(and an icecream), because forecast here says it won't last after tomorrow:(.......



  6. Love your sunny photo..very festive.
    Weather like yours...heaven!

    Enjoy :)


  7. I bought a microwave that had been incorrectly marked, so I got it for less than half price Wheeee! and two italian non stick fry pans that had been reduced by 80%. I had a lovely day and now I am going to spend some time in the kitchen playing!!!!

  8. Adorable picture......Love the street the umbrellas..... Have a great time tonight!Maryanne xo

  9. How beautiful the red parasols against the stone and the green foliage...looks so inviting...maybe a place to sit and sip an aperatif!
    SW France is where my friends are this close?

  10. Ah Geraniums...charming!
    Today I,m recovering from Laryngitis...( everyone applauding)!!!
    and basking in the sun,
    enjoy the BBQ!
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  11. Yesterday we also hade BBç and tonight we are relaxing in our garden! Here in Belgium it also very good weather and the forecast is given gorgeous weather the next days!!
    Enjoy the good weather my friend!

  12. I'm staying home and enjoying the unusually cool weather for California. The heat will come soon.
    That photo is beautiful. I have got to see France someday.

  13. What a perfect weekend! Mine was not so exciting :)

  14. Sounds lovely! Lovely weather out here in California, working in the yard, bringing the garden inside. XO Trish

  15. From one side of the sunny south west to another this budgie says, 'enjoy the sun possum!' Having a ball outside myself. cheers to you ;-)


  16. This image is so beautiful! It has gotten really, really hot here. So glad I've gotten my planting done and don't have to battle the heat. I went to a birthday party for my 7 year old niece tonight. So precious. Hope you had a great weekend and have a great week ahead.

  17. It is cold and raining here in Sydney. I wish I was taking a stroll down that sunny lane.

  18. Ahhhh, sounds like la belle vie, Leeann.

  19. What an intriguing photo! I've never been to Sarlat - but our next time in Paris, we will make a point of spending an afternoon there!

    Does anything cry out "France" as readily as a window box of red geraniums?!

    Enjoy your holiday!

    (so happy I can comment now! LOL)

  20. To the hostess of the humble bungalow, we are 120 kms from where your friends are holidaying.

    To Robin, mille mercis for educating a kiwi girl on why "Mac" users cannot leave a comment on my blog and a grand merci for providing the solution to overcoming this.

    To everyone else, merci beaucoup for all your lovely comments and I hope you are having/had a marvellous Monday.

    Bisous, L

  21. Oh so glad I found your blog! Two past trips to France canceled. Gonna get there some day.

  22. Beautiful photo. Hmmm.....what am I doin'....right now we are in the hill country of Texas doing some traveling in our motor home and having a blast with all these friendly Texans. (O: (O:


  23. lovely...i am sooo ready for summer! would love to in france! xx

  24. Love the parapluies rouge. The weather has been marvelous hasn't it? I just checked out the Maison des Pititers site - I didn't know you had a sister hotel! Both are beautiful, very well done. My honey and I had a picnic at Versailles, found a quiet spot and lounged all day - tomorrow it's back to work!
    Bonne semaine,

  25. It's been very hot in Miami for a while... that image is amazing!

  26. Hi Leeann,

    That is such a wonderful photo of the lovely village.
    Enjoy your holiday and the beautiful weather.
    It is turned cold and wet over here.

    Have a lovely week

  27. Love the photo! Just found your blog over at A Taste of Garlic and am so glad I did :)

  28. Oh we are so chilly here in San Francisco...longing for the dry heat there...gardening and BBQ sounds wonderful!




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