Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Just when I think I'm winning, when I've broken every door, the ghosts of my life blow wilder than before.....

Back from our travels in France.
We travelled without the company of Donkeys or a Monkey...too much hassle!
So, here are a few pictures of our glorious few days in the Loire Valley, with our dear family.

I have spent the day updating my shops with a few new pieces,

such as this mixed media piece.
I have incorporated my favs together, envelope, stitch and buttons....oh those buttons.

Well, my friends, I hope all is well in your world.
Thanks for stopping by.x
ps: I am sorry if I have not replied to your comments, it has all been a bit bonkers around here just lately, but thank you so much.


lettice leaf said...

Want it, want it, WANT IT!

So glad to hear you're back and well I hope?

All love Fruit Gum Chum,


Magic Bean said...

That has brought back lots of memories of childhood holidays in the Loire Valley. I didn't appreciate age 9-12 quite how gorgeous it all is. So glad you had happy days there, Ax

Scrummy Scrapz aka Lizzie said...

The pics are superb, what beautiful fields of everything, love the wall mural (a happy artist) and just glad you had a wonderful time x

BusyLizzie said...

Wow Viv, fab "holiday pics" ! hope you had a wonderful time.... Lizzie x

Hannah said...

The Loire looks lovely! I hope you enjoyed it (and the markerts!)


l.wilks11 said...

I had almost forgotten just how lovely and very rustic France was. It was many years ago when we used to take the family there for camping holidays and have such happy memories. Love your photos.....x

Joanna said...

Fantastic photos - love the sunflowers and the lavender. Gorgeous.

Good to hear you enjoyed your holiday, it's ;lovely to have you back.

The mixed media artwork is SO GORGEOUS!


Lynda Howells said...

Thanks for the memories of France.The images are beautiful. Your work as usual is beautiful. Love the buttons. lynda

fee @ chipper nelly said...

Hello lovely...thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures! Hope you had a wonderful time - am trying not to read too much into those ominous japan lyrics!
fee x
(spent almost 6 months trying to draw David Sylvian when i was about 16!)

Flaming Nora said...

beautiful pictures, looks like a fantastic time was had by all. You know what they say, never work with children and animals. I think you made the right decision leaving the menagerie behind!

Sandies' Patch said...

I just have to smile when I see Sunflowers!
All lovely pics!

Sandie xx

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...


sharon said...

Looks like you had a beautiful trip! Your photos are gorgeous and inspiring!
Love your new pieces, but I am a fan of all your work! Love, love!

Hesta Nesta said...

Looks like you've had a wonderful time, and what a stunning place. Did you make any purchases? Hope you are keeping well.
Jo xx

Hollace said...

Such beautiful photos of a gorgeous place. The green building with pink hydrangeas blows me away!

A time to dance said...

The lavender took my breath away what wonderful pictures....I cant wait to get over there myself next month...sticvking lots on ebay for spending money.....

Caroline Lovis (Redneedle) said...

Looks like you had a great time. Your mixed media pieces are lovely

Jane said...

Oh, Viv! What utter gorgeousness. And those hydrangeas take my breath away. Thanks for transporting me from the depths of winter. J x

found and sewn said...

Your holiday looks lovely. Beautiful photo of the lavender fields,

Debbie said...

Lovely pictures. I love the way every one of the sunflowers face into the sun, as if they are sunbathing.

mycuriousteaparty said...

It looks like you had a great holiday, you obviously had all the sunshine. We had so much rain in Holland, you'd never believe it. Great photo's, love the new work.

Annaboo's House said...

Such a lovely blog.
I've just dusted off Nan's old sewing machine and am beginning my foray into the world of sewing. I have started off with some verrrrrrrry easy projects, but would love to have a go at some embroidery too.
I shall be following your blog to keep up with your gorgeous work!
If you get a mo, do pop over to my end of bloggyland to say hello. I'd love to know what you think.
Beautiful French piccies, btw.

Anonymous said...

We are hearing on IRONICUS MAXIMUS that the PR is RED?
Can you come over to the blog and comment?
This is the best of the six blogs going, IMHO.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Well dear I ALWAYS love seeing your work, but the added bonus of the fantastic Loire Valley photos knocked me over. I am now going to save every penny to go there.

Thank you, thank you for giving me this gift. I am hard at the finish of my bird book and seldom look up from my drafting table. This was an especially sweet treat for me.

Love and thanks,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...


Since you didn't take donkey,
I would of gladly gone
And oats would of been fine,
and sleeping with the sunflowers at night , that would of worked for me too.
You take stunning photos.

Starfish Studio said...

You've quoted from one of my very favourite songs :)
'Forbidden Colours' was played on Radio Scotland the other day and, as these things usually come in threes, I wonder where Mr Sylvian will pop up next!

Love your beautiful work.
Kate x

Anonymous said...

oh my goodness,

Now I am just gagging to travel..the fields of lavender look so appealing.

Lyn said...

Oh sunflowers and lavender...wonderful!

Emma Thomsen said...

I hope you're feeling well rested and refreshed after your beautiful trip! I love the way you're always updating your Banner, it's as much fun as your Blog posts! And thanks for the little bit of Japan. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi:) I just found your blog and spent a few hours here. You are very creative blog and very beautiful photos!
Greetings from Estonia!

Vintage Jane said...

Just the most beautiful pictures. Wish I was there. Love the fields of sunflowers. M x

Janice Kay Schaub said...

I love your blog. I think your designs and work are unique and have given me some ideas and inspiration
I am new to blogging so dont know how to leave my link.
Janice (Bluebell woods)