Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Market Day

With wall to wall sunshine and great wine at knockdown prices it is easy to see how life in France is very different to that in the NE of England.

Those differences are even more marked when it comes to shopping for food where the weekly market is very much the go-to place for fresh, local produce.

So, I thought you might like to see what is on offer this week.

It's France, there has to be fresh bread!

There are two bakers in our village, one is currently closed for annual holiday and the other obviously underestimated demand on Bastille Day as they ran out of bread. The shudders of horror could be felt all over the valley :)

Fresh eggs are a given

but live hens? You can tell it is rural France :)

Langoustines for lunch? Our absolute favourite.


At least two of our five a day, no discarding irregular shaped vegetables here thank you!


And to bring all that food home


A stylish bag or two


The icing on the cake, a fabric stall which, of course, needs to be supported :)

Makes that weekly trawl round the supermarket very dull, doesn't it ?



Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Meet Cheddar

You have already met Basil and Hilda

and their farmyard friend Daisy the Cow.

Now meet the latest addition to the farmyard

 Cheddar the Mouse!

I only bought one of the frames before I left for France, so I will have to wait until I am back in the UK to frame Daisy and Cheddar.

Linking up to




Monday, 25 July 2016

Tiny Togs and Tall Mountains - New to Me in July

Welcome to this month's New to Me Link Party



Where we celebrate trying out something new whether it has been successful or not :)

I have had very different New to Me's this month

Three New to Me's are all wrapped up in this tiny t-shirt.

My first attempt at clothes making, my first time sewing with knit fabric and a New to Me pattern maker Brindille and Twig

I enjoyed making this so much that I have already made another one :)



I have also visited a New to Me country


On our trip to the South of France we were within striking distance of Andorra, nestled between France and Spain, so we took the opportunity to tick another country off our list. In fact, that day we had breakfast in France, lunch in Andorra, afternoon coffee in Spain and then dinner back in France! That might not be so easy to do in a couple of years when the full effect of Brexit kicks in, so we thought that we had better take the chance whilst we still could :)

So that's my New to Me's this month, now it is your turn to share the highs and lows of trying out something for the first time. As ever please help to spread the word by linking back to this post in your post and/or adding the blog button to your sidebar.




Celtic Thistle Stitches



Check out the other links too and, maybe, leave an encouraging comment along the way. The emphasis of this link party is to celebrate the trying so a little encouragement here and there would not go amiss! 
The link will remain open until 23.59GMT on July 31st, so you have some time yet to try something new and link up and join the party :)





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