Monday, 7 June 2010

Misty, watercoloured memories...

My family and I have enjoyed a wonderful Whit Week, spent in Britanny, France with my kind and generously lovely sister in law. Kathleen has lived in France for 30 years and she and her family always give us a fabulous holiday stay, nothing is too much trouble.
It was so lovely to have time to sit, chat and sew ... celebrate three family birthdays, and

visit the local Brocante Shop, where I purchased Madeleine. Isn't she wonderful? (She is about two and half feet long). The current husband and I, also took a road trip to Bordeaux to stay with Penny, whom I had met at the Vintage and Handmade Fair. Penny kindly looked after us for two nights. Taking us to see some of the local sights, such as canal, river and boat straight out of Rick Stein's French Oydssy ....

the view from Penny's home...


some of Penny's exquisite textile collection...

We visited five vide-greniers, much to the current husband's joy!
Stunning countryside, such as the Cornflower meadows as far as the eye could see...
French treasures picked up along the way...

and quite a bit of snoozing too...

Family, friends, finds and France. A perfect holiday......happy days.

Thanks for stopping by. x

36 comments:

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Hi Viv
Lovely photos of a lovely holiday by the sound of things. The cornflower meadow is just beautiful.

Billy 'button nose' is still adorable, too. Lesley

Katie said...

Hello! Sounds (and looks) like you had a fabulous holiday. Mr Treasure and I love spending time in France. I'm very envious of all the french treasures you brought home! Katie x

JP said...

great photos - looked like you had a great time- some good treasures too

MrsP said...

That looks like my kind of holiday- lovely photos. and the meadow looks like it should be a watercolour. Jx

Annie said...

It sounds like a wonderful holiday, the photo of the cornflower meadow is beautiful.
Ann x

kiwicarole said...

Can't imagine anything nicer!! Lucky you!

Ticking stripes said...

Gorgeous post - loving those cornflowers and 5 vide greniers?? Suffering VG envy!

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

Hi Viv

What a super time you had. Hope Penny was well.

Absolutely love the cornflower photo. Zoomed it up and sat looking at it for ages!!! Gorgeous!

Glad you had such a wonderful time.

Sue xx

Diva Kreszl said...

thank you for sharing this utterly amazing trip with us...some of us like to live vicariously though you :)

Linda said...

What a lovely getaway!!!

Country Style Living said...

Looks like had a good time was had by all...love the photo of the cornflower meadow. You brought some lovely treasures home too.

Autumn Mist said...

Goodness, how beautiful, I hope you've come back refreshed and full of inspiration.

kirsty said...

I too love the photo of the cornflower meadow - it looks like a painting. Glad you had such a lovely time - loving your stitchings too!

Angela said...

Beautiful treasures, stunning cornflower meadow, what a lovely break x

Jacqueline Taylor said...

This is such a beautiful and inspiring post! Sounds like you had a wonderful time x x x

JuicyFig said...

How wonderful and dreamy!

and of course with a host called Kathleen you can't go wrong, we are rare and special breed!

Kath
x

sarah-jane down the lane said...

How divine!
Those cornflowers are so so beautiful, love "the way we were" favourite film to sob to!
So glad you had such a happy time,

love Sarah x

T's Daily Treasures said...

Sounds like it was a lovely time. Love your little Button Nose -- he has grown. :) Best wishes, Tammy

libbyquilter said...

oooooooooohhhh~! sunshine, cornflower meadows, textile treasures and snoozing . . . sounds like a fantastic vacation~!!~

:-)
libbyQ

Clare said...

An ideal holiday Viv...how wonderful! Glad 'current husband' wasn't too much trouble!!!

silverpebble said...

Oh this sounds as though it was the perfect getaway. What treasures you found! That cornflower meadow is something else!

A Blessed Life said...

Hi Viv, thanks for our virtual holiday, dreaming and drooling..o'h well one day we may see them ourselves what a blessing for you to go to such a heavenly place. Carole

windsweptgirlie said...

Hi, I love the wild flower meadow. I spend two weeks every year painting in France and these fields are such an inspiration. I think I will have to paint a cornflower field next! If you have time take a look at http://www.clairemaxwell.co.uk/blog/?paged=3
Painted from my last set of photos and so similar to yours!

Andi's English Attic said...

Glad you had a lovely holiday.
Madeleine is beautiful. xx

A Time to Dance said...

Lovely photsos Viv, I love france so much, I feel a little sad that we arent going this year, but I am looking forward to staying in a castle in Germany...hope you are well..H

Victoria said...

This is right out of a dream! How utterly wonderful to get to live it for real!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Wonderful holiday and the photos made my mouth water! The field of cornflowers is heartbreakingly beautiful. LOVE the canal and sleek boat-a dream of mine to one day cruise in such a boat.

Thank you for sharing your good times!

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Jackie said...

Just looking at those pics give me that summer dreamy lazing about feel. So beautiful.

whitney-anne said...

what a heavenly time away! I loke the way you call your husband your CURRENT husband - as if you might be replacing him any day now!!

Donna said...

Beautiful photos Viv, I could see that cornflower photo being one of your beautiful stitched pictures.

'Current husband' hahaha that made me laugh soooo much. I understand though, he is only 'current' until Guy comes to his senses ;-)

Amelia said...

oh I love to sit, chat and sew with family! lovely, lovely trip!

Amelia.x

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time. My idea of heaven lovely family mixed with treasure hunting. The field of cornflowers looks really tranquil.
Debbie

Pam J said...

Hi Viv,
It sounds like you had a wonderful time in France; your little sewing creations look wonderful as usual! The fruity birthday treat looks yummy,
And Madeleine certainly is a wonderful find,
You are so lucky being able to get over to France to search out all those vintage goodies.

Pam x

Cowboys and Custard said...

There is something almost ethereal about your photos Viv.. they are works of art in their own right. Beautiful colours that speak of another era.
Visiting a Vide Grenier might be too much for my poor heart.. I am palpitating just thinking about them.
A fine holiday to store away in your memory box..

Michele xxx

pussman said...

Oh I want to paint that!!
It is so beautifull!!
I never get inspired like this in my ugly Belgium land!!
I someone had flowers like that here, they would hurry to the store to buy some pesticides! Grrrr

Rena said...

*happy sigh* love your lovely blog...your creations make my heart sing, and all the beautiful photos you post, your should be working for the department of tourism!

xoxo rena