Thursday, 16 February 2012

HOME AGAIN

Home again after our few days in France.  We were greeted wtih lots and lots of snow and freezing temperatures.  -10 .  Quite chilly to say the least but the air was still.  A wind would have made it unbearable.  Our road trip from the Ferry port at Caen to our friends passed without incident and we were glad to get there unscathed and be by the fireside in the warm.It was difficult to know if we would be able to get out and about to do the shopping we had come for, but the French farmers do a stirling job and they had cleared the roads of the first fall of snow so driving was not a problem on the main roads.

We went out looking on Saturday and managed to find a few things at a Vide Grenier a few miles away, and struck really lucky at the Emmaus which was having an all day sale which included their linen.  Sometimes they don't put it all out but save it for special linen days. 

 Sunday we went to work at the Puces de Couturiers and here we found some more lovel things.  Fabric boxes, pristine tickings from a lady whose father had been a mattress maker and an exquisite white lace bedspread which was from the vendor's own family.  It had been used as a tablecloth so some careful laundering is required.
 Monday was bonanza day when we went to see a Furniture dealer we have made our own.  He is such a lovely person and he is now collecting things up for us and he had struck gold.  We came away with a car stuffed with fabulous sheets and rolls of hemp and metis.  We had a huge roll of metis before and this was eagerly taken for curtains and re-upholstery.  We thought the last one was big but this one is larger.  Impossible for Linda and I to lift in and out of a car so it will have to stay put at Linda's until we have sold some to make it more manageable.
Here is Pepita waiting  for a carrot.  We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of a baby.  Both the horses went to a stallion last year.  Rosie is definitely pregnant but  Pepita is not showing yet as she is such a big horse.  Lets hope she is.  The babies are due at the end of April  which is when Linda are due to go again so we will keep our fingers crossed.  We are working again at another Puces de Couturiers, this time near St. Lo.  We were approached by a lady about doing another one in Brittany at Morbihan  but we are quite busy in May and I have Dorset Arts Weeks to think about so probably won't be able to participate in this one.  It is good fun and the french ladies seem to like our stuff.  But before then we have to set our sights on Ardingly which is looming on the horizon at the beginning of March.  It is great to know that we have lot of lovely new stock to take.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

FRANCE HERE WE COME!

Linda and I are off to France on the overnight ferry on Thursday evening.  We will be making our way to stay with our friend Ticky and Nick at Les Pannards.  While we are there we will be working at Le Puces des Couturiers at Tellieul on Sunday.  We were there last year and will be taking all our English linen, lace, haberdashery, quilting fabrics, buttons and anything else we think they might like.  We were well received last time, lets hope they will be pleased to see us again.  As foreigners we are allowed to work in France on two occasions per year.  All our details and our passport numbers have to be registered with the French authorities before we go.  The law is strictly adhered to by the people running the market as they as well as us would be in trouble if it were not.  Pity it is not the same here for itinerant workers, but that's another matter.
The weather forecast is not too clever but as long as the white stuff stays away and we manage to get to where we are going without mishap we will be quite happy.  No rear ends in ditches as it was when we were caught in a snowstorm just after disembarking at Caen a couple of years ago.  Still the French police were very efficient at rescuing us and quite nice to look at as well!!!!
I am quite looking forward to getting away as here at home we are in the throes of refurbishing the kitchen, which is proving to be quite stressful.  It is only small and by hook or by crook I want a dishwasher!  We have bought and installed another garden shed to house everything while the work is underway.  In the meantime I am trying to focus on producing new work for Dorset Arts Weeks in May/June.  To say I am up to my eyes in it is an understatement.