Sunday, 14 July 2013

Bastille Day - petit dejeuner

Fireworks lit the dark night sky at midnight as our neighbours began to celebrate July 14th, Bastille Day.

Since we Brits are a little more sedate we celebrated the special day with a late breakfast of coffee and croissants and a little bit of Gallic red, white & blue.

blue & white hand painted Quimper plates add Breton charm

as does the 18th c Petit Breton on this HB picher,
always a useful and decorative piece.
The delicious croissants were bought fresh from the boulanger's van as he made his early morning round through our village.

the blue and white hand painted Quimper plates each have a nautical motif
the pretty white blossom on these branches has a wonderful perfume,
sadly I do not know what tree this is as it was already thriving in the garden 17 years ago when we arrived in Normandy
bon appetit

Joining the following hostesses this week
the Tablescaper and Seasonal Sunday #161
the Magical Mystical Teacher, Gemma & Rose for Shadow Shot Sunday 2
Mary @ the little red house for Mosaic Monday


  1. I've missed you so much Maggie dear and it's lovely to see you here this morning!

    Your English celebration of Bastille Day is right up my fact this morning I'm having a croissant myself!

    Lovely the china as always - and you have sunshine for the celebration, something we're lacking here, it's been raining forever!!

    Hope all is well and life is good.
    Hugs - Mary

  2. Hi Maggie. Good to see you again and happy 14 Juillet. We are looking at the Monte Ventoux now as the tour the France is getting there.
    Have a nice week.

  3. Happy Bastille Day! The Quimper tabletop is lovely! I wanted to decorate for Bastille Day and write a post, but I've been too busy with the Mad Tea Party! I'm tired! I'll just have to celebrate over here with you, Maggie!

    Ricki Jill

  4. Croissants...wonderful and such a pretty table!

    Bastille Day is celebrated here as well, all of the boats anchor on Lake Michigan and there is a beautiful fireworks display.

    I hope you are having a great summer, Maggie!


  5. Maggie, big smiles across the miles as I view this morning post. Every detail of your lovely breakfast setting makes my heart long to be on French soil. Beautiful setting with your blue and white theme. I set a table earlier this week with red, white, and blue featuring our Q fish plate set, but no time to get photos and a post created as I'd planned for Bastille Day. Perhaps I'll post it for later in the week if time allows.
    Good to see you playing on Normandy Life again. I miss your shares! Hugs to you and the senior partner.
    Love ~ Sarah ~ Vive La France!

  6. Happy Bastille Day! The French dishes are gorgeous, I love them! What a beautiful breakfast setting al fresco to celebrate...have a fun Summer, Maggie!

  7. Hi Maggie,

    It's great to see you posting again -- I've really missed your posts!! This is a beautiful breakfast table -- so wonderfully French.

    My hubby and I watch the Tour de France every summer to enjoy the gorgeous scenery (it may be the closest we ever get to visiting France if the economy doesn't improve). Anyhoo, I told my husband last night that second to our American flag, I think the tricolour is the prettiest national flag I've seen.

    Your Quimper is charming -- the plates and the pitcher, and your blue and white checked cloth is so soft and lovely looking. Thanks for sharing this with us!

    Visiting from Seasonal Sundays; have a wonderful weekend.


  8. Oh Maggie-- those plates are gorgeous! What a beautiful table setting!! That little outdoor table is so quaint-- I can just see you and Roger enjoying your late morning breakfast there:)
    Sending love right back to you both xoxo

  9. Ps-- I don't know what those white flowers are-- but they are beautiful!

  10. I have never made it to France on Bastille Day. We made it, as far as Bath, England once on the way to France, but we did eat lunch at a French restaurant - lol!! I love your beautiful setting and I am pretty sure that I have never seen Quimper in just blue and white. Stunning!

  11. What a lovely table. Thanks for sharing. It's always good to get some inspiration from talented others.


  12. Welcome back, Maggie - I missed you! It was so good to see you pop up on my sidebar today! Your table just makes me smile!

  13. Visiting your pretty blog via Pondside - your breakfast table for Bastille Day looks charming.
    I think that your white blossom looks like a double Philadelphus (Mock Orange) which does have a wonderful scent.

  14. Your photos are lovely and the china is so pretty - what a wonderfully idyllic setting for breakfast! I think your flowers are Mock Orange - if so they should have a beautiful and strong scent - and I notice Rosemary has the same idea - that raises my confidence in my suggestion!!!

  15. Pretty table and the flowers are beautiful but I don't know their name. There is a lot of French influence in the city where I live and Bastille Day is celebrated here also. Enjoy your week.

  16. I forgot to mention that I love your Quimper ware. I've never seen the Nautical pattern before.

  17. such pretty dishes, setting and flowers. The food looks good TOO! :)

  18. I am simply in love with your Quimper plates, your blue and white and all the loveliness of this post!

    I've missed you! Hope you have been enjoying life and having fun -- if this post is any indication, the answer to that is yes.

  19. Hi Maggie,
    Your Bastille Day celebration looks lovely. I adore blue and white china. Of course, the croissant caught my eye and now that is all I want! I found your blog on Mosaic Monday and am a new follower. I would love for you to visit me at Still Woods Farmhouse and follow my little blog. Looking forward to reading more of Normandy Life.
    Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

  20. Hi Maggie,

    What a celebration of red, white and blue, a la France! Checks and flowers, coffee and croissants, it's all very charmingly sweet!!

    Visiting via Mary's,


  21. Oh how wonderful to see your post pop up in my reader today. I miss you.

    Your petit dejeuner set up looks crisp and delicious - just the place for breakfast a deux. Your dishes are so lovely.

  22. I love your beautiful china, too. The plate with the ship is my favorite! Nice to see how you've celebrated! Fireworks are popular here our our community, too! Happy summer!

  23. How lovely! Looks like it was a beauty of a day. Blue and white is one of my favorite combinations. Your table setting is very pretty and breakfast looks delicious! Fresh croissants. Yum! Best wishes, Tammy

  24. Your china is lovely and the croissants look yummy! Now I am craving a croissant. Looks like you had a fun celebration!

  25. All beautiful photos, and I love that shade of blue on your china!

  26. Beautiful setting in lovely weather. I am so sorry we can't make it to France this weekend. My sister-in-law is not up to the trip I am afraid.

    Vive la France and all that!
    xo Jenny and Enno


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