Friday 28 September 2012

Old Fashioned Pink Rose

Possibly the last old fashioned pink climbing rose of this year was too beautiful to leave out in the wind and rain, especially after I realised how much it resembled a rose engraving featured in "Treasury of Garden Writing" a favourite book from the Royal Horticultural Society.
The Senior Partner offered to photograph the rose and book together so, I created a pretty vignette on a table in the dining room.
Since getting the new ipad a few months ago the SP has been learning several new photography techniques, he also took the photograph that I'm using as my new blog header image using the ipad.

He used something called PhotoToaster for the altered image above.

Roses by George Eliot.

You love the roses - so do I. I wish
The sky would rain down roses, as they rain
From off the shaken bush. Why will it not?
Then all the valley would be pink and white
And soft to tread on. They would fall as light
As feathers, smelling sweet; and it would be
Like sleeping and like waking, all at once!

Joining Beverly @ How Sweet The Sound for Pink Saturday.
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Monday 24 September 2012


The horse chestnuts are starting to tumble down, anyone for a game of conkers?

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Sunday 16 September 2012

Sunday Walk - Happy Birthday Mr Ben!

Yesterday, 15th September, Mr Ben celebrated his 12th birthday, that makes him 64 human years old according to the Pedigree Dog Age Calculator, and a Senior Citizen!
If you'd like to know how old your pampered pooch is, in human years, click here.
So, today we went for a fairly long amble through the countryside and I stopped to take photographs, along the way, to remember this special weekend by.
He kept up very well despite being somewhat deaf and with restricted eyesight, although a couple of times he did get turned around and started heading back to the car.

The bramble bushes are quite heavily laden with blackberries but it will be a few weeks yet until they are ripe enough to pick, making bramble jelly is a lovely way to spend an afternoon in the kitchen.
The maize which around here is grown as cattle fodder will be harvested soon, many of the fields around our house have already been done.
In the corner of the maize field I spotted an abandoned piece of ancient farm equipment rusting and moldering away quietly.
Hunting season is in full swing and we encountered a group during the walk, without mishap.
When we arrived home I was surprised to see another group stalking the field next door where the cows graze, shortly afterwards whilst preparing lunch I heard a single shot which seemed to come from field behind the house.
Not sure who was in the group and I thought the field had a sign like the one pictured below, but maybe they had permission from our neighbour to be in there?

Private - no hunting
It's always a good feeling to know that Fleur is on guard on days like these!

Joining Mary @ thelittleredhouse for Mosaic Monday after many months of being awol
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Monday 10 September 2012

Last of the summer vide - greniers

On our way home from the Sunday walk we stopped in a local village to check out what was probably the last vide grenier of the year.
I wish that I could show you the beautiful vintage linens and antique pottery which I found there.
I know of several bloggers living in France who always find the most wonderful decorative pieces for their homes and on line shops.
You may know them too.

Hélas, I found nothing at all that spoke to me or demanded to be taken home to live with us!

Was I wrong?

Perhaps it was a mistake to leave this Vallauris leaf shaped platter behind?

Now that I think about it, maybe it would look good in the centre of a Fall tablescape?

Vallauris pottery is produced in south eastern France and is quite popular with collectors, although it's not really to my taste.
I remember that many years ago I found a set of 8 oyster plates, at a brocante fair in Paris, which I listed for sale on ebay as "the ugliest oyster plates I have ever seen".
That turned out to be a battle of an auction and although I can't remember the end price I do know that they fetched a lot more than I paid for them.
Have a great week!

Saturday 1 September 2012

Pink Saturday

This morning I popped into my local village for a few groceries
 and was blown away by the florist shop's new "do".

Luckily I had my trusty Lumix in the car and was able to snap a few photos 
to share with all you Pink Ladies today.

I think you'll agree that this outrageously pink makeover certainly brightens up the High street!
It even "out pinks" Beverly's button!

Click on the button below to join Beverly @ How Sweet The Sound for another deliciously Pink Saturday!

Bon Weekend!