Thursday, 26 May 2011

GLASTONBURY











The beautiful Abbey Barn at Glastonbury was transformed into a Textile Wonderland on Friday, 20th May when the 'Talent for Textiles' Fair was held there.  The light was a challenge!  but it was met and overcome magnificently by organiser Elizabeth Baer.  The strings of electric lights transformed the inside into a wonderland.  Well done Buffy and thank you.  The very next morning Linda and I were on the first Ferry out of Portsmouth with a car loaded to sell at a Puce Couturieres to be held at St. Lo on Sunday 21st.  Phew!!!!!  Unfortunately my brain went into premature retirement and I didn't take any photographs on Sunday but the photographs below are of the charming village of Clecy, the capital of Suisse Normande, where we stopped  for Coffee and the most wicked Almond Croissant on the way back to the Ferry on Wednesday morning.



It was another successful trip and we spent all our takings on lovely new stock to bring home for our future Fairs and our websites.  Linda's car was so stuffed we were stopped and questioned and searched on both sides of the channel.
This coming Sunday, 29th May we will be selling at Bridport Vintage Market.  Let's hope it keeps dry.!!  Before then I must catch up with my stitching...............................

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

WHAT'S NEXT!!!!!!

After a very happy and successful day at Pamphill Village Hall on Monday (thank you Ted and Bunny for your hard work in organising such a successful event) it is on to the next event in my life!!  Tomorrow I am taking my collection of period costume out of wraps to visit a local W.I meeting to show them and to talk about it all.  I do enjoy seeing it all together and only wish I have a suitable premises where it could be permanently displayed.  It is my all consuming passion and I never tire of it.  I will be taking these lovelies below with me.  The have had a treat and been polished today, probably the first time in 100 years!!!!!!!!!!!
 Then on Friday Linda and I leave for the Stroud International Textile Fair.  We are looking forward to this very much.  We are going to be at Bisley Village Hall along with Elizabeth Baer, Polly Lyster, Barbie Campbell-Cole,Lucy Farmer, Tigermoth, Martin Conlan and last and not by any means least John Gillow.
This Fair is being run in conjunction with the famous Stroud Textile Fair and we are very flattered to have been invited to be there with our Textiles.  I am sure it will be a great weekend.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

PART 3/HOMEWARD BOUND

On Easter Sunday we left Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and headed north-west to St. Gauderic to stay a couple on nights with my friend Caroline at her lovely home 'Marmiflet'.

Caroline breeds budgies.  I love budgies.  They are always so happy.

This is Mirepoix on Easter Monday.  I love this place.  The atmosphere is fantastic.


Tuesday morning we said goodbye to Caroline and Philip her son and headed north to Bergerac.





We bought lots of lovely things in this shop.  Bergerac is very beautiful.  We stayed here a couple of nights at a friend's Gite.  Thursday we left and headed north to Angers.  On the way we came across this beauty.



Most of the chateau is in ruins but there are still some parts in tact that it is possible to visit.  It wasn't really open for visitors yet.

This is near Saumur in the Loire Valley.  The houses are built into the rocks and there are many caves there as well.  There was an abundance of red clover growing on the verges.

We stayed one night in Angers and then on Friday headed north again to get back to Ticky's house near Mayenne.  We arrived just in time to see the Royal Wedding.  I was so pleased as I thought I would miss seeing it.  The next day we went to a party at one of Ticky and Nick's friends house.  A beautiful old former Mill.  Parts of the house date back to 1548 or thereabouts.

Sunday morning we left and headed north for Caen and the Ferry home.  Exhausted but full of wonderful memories of quite a trip.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

PART 2/FINAL DESTINATION

Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Provence..
















ADVENTURES IN FRANCE/PART 1

On Monday 18th April Linda and I left on the early Ferry from Portsmouth to Caen at the start of our long journey by road to the South of France.  This is the first stage of our journey.  The cathedral at Bourges.


Rhiom in the Auvergne.  The cathedral is dark and sombre looking.  Built with volcanic rock.








Le Puy en Velay. This was the view from our bedroom balcony.




Ardeche.  Everywhere there are hilltop communities and ruined castles and fortresses. This part of France has a surprise around every corner.  Very beautiful and peace, perfect peace.