Friday, September 26, 2014

Dali Does Drawers

bd barcelona white lambs
With the approval of the Gala Salvador DalĂ­ Foundation, BD has decided to launch a limited edition of twenty white lambs. Deyrolle of Paris have provided the sheepskins. What's not to like?
bd barcelona white lambs

bd barcelona white lambs

Saturday, September 13, 2014

I Think I May Actually Love This Idea

rugs as a stair carpet
However much I love this idea it's not going to happen in my cottage as the staircase is a cast iron spiral. Never mind!
Found at Cote Maison

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

First Stop On That New Road - Lille, France

Lille antiqes market
So last Friday left that road to my new life and visited a huge antiques market in Lille, France
Lille antiqes market
Accompanied by my lovely friend Jo. How we wished we could have used that carriage to get us around the 62 kilometers of stalls.
Lille antiqes market
Anything from headless babies to
Lille antiqes market
vintage mirrors, this one looked as though Harvey had modelled for it. I wouldn't have put that past him.
Lille antiqes market
I fell in love with this Victorian toy horse.
Lille antiqes market
What this giant Durex was about I failed to comprehend.
Lille antiqes market
I could cook up a storm on this and
Lille antiqes market
there was lots of street artists to stop and stare at.
Finally here is the booty I returned with. We travelled by train so no huge items this time.
I thoroughly enjoyed being back searching for vintage pieces in France, it seems like so long since I did this. Yes I missed Harvey but nothing is going to bring him back and he would have expected me to continue enjoying what I do. I shall!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Preparing For The Journey

It's been over a month now since I lost Harvey, my partner of 30 years. We lived, worked  and semi-retired together for that whole time. My life has changed dramatically. Little things take me by surprise like having no one to point out the lovely colours in the Valley outside our window to, no one to tell that the sun has just come out and eating alone is a lonely business.
Despite all these little things I have had to move forward with the big things like purchasing a new car before the other one fell apart. Deciding what I do with Ghost Furniture and this blog and the very hard task of sorting out all his belongings, of which there are lots.
I will do this and I will do it in my own time because that makes me feel comfortable. I do have plans but am not ready to put them in place at the moment.
I have an amazing family, amazing friends and live amongst an amazing community. I also have been moved by the lovely emails and private messages I have received via the internet.
This blog will continue and I will still find inspirational and interesting things to share with you all but I need a bit more time. The world is still a beautiful place and my mantra - look up - has not changed it's just that I'm still looking down some of the time.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

An Ache There Is No Drug For

After a 3 1/2 year battle with cancer my partner of 30 years, Harvey, passed away at 12.10am on Tuesday 22nd July. My life will never be the same. He was surrounded by me our children and slipped away peacefully at home. 

We sat with him for over a week, laughing, eating, drinking and crying. He died a happy man and for that we are all thankful. Nurses and carers came each day and their compassion and support was beyond description. 

We gave him a send off that he would have totally approved of. His coffin was topped with an arrangement made to look like a wild flower meadow and his signature Black Fedora Hat that he always wore. 

As you can see by the Invitation (above) it was a celebration of his life and was full of tears and much laughter. We held the celebration in the local Village Hall and it was attended by over 200 people. Our granddaughter Georgia, who is a singer songwriter over in LA recorded Smile by Nat King Cole and sent it over to be played. Her beautiful voice held a cry that was evident to everyone and tissues were being passed around furiously.
Our son provided a garden bench and everyone was asked to write a message on it. 

The plaque says it all about the man it was for. He had humour in bucket loads. The bench now sits on the green outside our cottage for all to enjoy.
Our grandchildren all wrote messages for their Granddad and hung them from balloons which they let off from the hill opposite the Village Hall. What a beautiful sight that was. 

The Village Hall, our friends and community all pulled together to provide food, drink and support to make it a day to remember and we cannot thank them enough. 

Now I am left with an ache that there is no drug for, only time will take it away. I am not making any hasty decisions just letting time slip by as I adjust to my new life. With the support of our wonderful family, friends and community I will do this, as Harvey would have expected me to.  


Friday, June 20, 2014

Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair

Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair
We are just back from a week at our daughter's home. She lives just outside Paris. This time we decided not to do Paris the city but visit some of the beautiful towns and villages that surround it and am I pleased we did. On Sunday we visited a beautiful medieval village holding it's annual Medieval Fair. No expense spared they laid on an amazing event all for free. The bar (above) being a perfect example of their attention to detail.
Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair
Every authentic tent contained an artisan showing their skills to eager pupils.
Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair
They dispayed and sold their crafts

Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair
When lunch time arrived the local women had set up a kitchen in the town's market square, under cover and what a fabulous cover it was. It was lovely to get out of the sun.

Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair
The food and wines were amazing. We got 4 huge plates like this for 26 Euros. Even the bread was homemade and delicious.
Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair
The programme was beautifully crafted.
Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair
The Gooseherd brought his flock out for a walk around the town.
Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair
And the day was rounded off with a jousting display.
Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair
 Our little granddaughter 3 year old Tiana had a wonderful day and
Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair
the whole event left us with some beautiful memories. Isn't that how it's supposed to be?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Off To Paris

Off To Paris
Flying to Paris in the morning. Can't wait to see this little monkey. I shall be reporting back with all things French.
Off To Paris



Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Stanegate Scarecrow Trail

The Stanegate Scarecrow Trail
A Straw Dog and a Speed Cop (love the hairdryer in his hand)
 There's a group of villages not far from my home and every year they have a Scarecrow Trail, each year the entries get cleverer. This year I managed to stop and photograph some of them. Enjoy and if you want to see more then visit The Stanegate Scarecrow Facebook Page.
The Stanegate Scarecrow Trail
A Fallen Jockey and a Spaceman

The Stanegate Scarecrow Trail
A Hunter and a Ship's Captain

The Stanegate Scarecrow Trail
A Pole Dancer and a Smoking Granny

 
The Stanegate Scarecrow Trail
A Scotsman in the Wind and a Vicar