Recently my dear friend Sarah invited me to join her
on the Blogland Tour and featured me on her blog @Hyacinths For The Soul.
Sarah and I have been friends since meeting at the Quimper Collectors Club’s
second annual gathering in Washington D.C. in 2000.
|Sarah and I had a great day antiquing in Bayeux|
when she & her husband came to visit in 2011.
As collectors of French
faience in particular the pottery produced in the town of Quimper, Brittany, we
always enjoy getting together with other Q collectors. I for one am counting down
the days until we meet again next month in Nice, the jewel of the French
|plage Beau Rivage, Nice, France.|
(photo from internet)
As part of the tour Sarah gave me 4 questions to answer.
What am I
working on right now?
First of all with my Quimper Club Secretary’s hat on I’m
working on preparing a report to present at the meeting next month.
once said “there are two types of speakers, those that are nervous and those
that are liars”. I know which type I am, addressing an audience is not
something I am very comfortable with doing. Luckily I only have some statistics
relating to the membership to report, so I think I’ll be o.k.
Presbytere I’m working on keeping everything “show home” ready as we never know
when the Immobilier/ estate agent might call to arrange to bring a client over
to view the house.
My precious “me time” is spent in my attic craft room and
it seems that lately I've been scrapping vacation memories.
|L. Tulum, Mexico 1998|
R. South Beach, HHI 2012
Some of my most recent pages.
|L. Kos, Greece, 2013|
R. HHI again with Dad & Joyce, 1992
How does my
work differ from others in this genre?
Such a good question, but I’m not really sure that it does.
I do have certain things that I like to include on my scrapbook pages,
whether I’m following a sketch or a set of criteria set down in a challenge. I
doodle a couple of lines around the edges to frame the
layout. Tags! Almost every layout has to
include tags wherever possible and I love to pile on embellishments in
clusters and layers. These are my “signatures” I guess.
Why do I
write or create what I do?
The simple answer is that I started my blog to share our
life in Normandy. Our beautiful home, which we fell in love with the first time
we saw it, is in a very small rural hamlet and there’s not a lot to do here if
you’re not a farmer!
In 2008 when I first started blogging I had no idea if
anyone would be interested in my ramblings but just started
chatting as if to a friend and went on from there.
| ice cream sundae, anyone?|
I write about my garden, especially the potager, our pets, my husband, our little trips around the area and those to more faraway places. Blogging and scrap booking are the perfect hobbies for me.
your writing process actually work?
I always have my camera close by and anything such as my
latest read, a beautiful sunrise, a bee on a lavender bush, a dog looking cute,
white fluffy clouds or a new recipe can easily find its
way onto the page. It’s almost always the photograph that dictates the post and
inspires my words.
|Lettuce soup, better than gazpacho!|
Enough about me.
Time to introduce you to two ladies whose talents lie in quite a different
direction to mine, you'll soon see why.
On her blog you will find links
to her Etsy store and Craftsy page where she
says " I love to sew and create in a variety of mediums. Sewing, embroidery, paper crafts - you name it, I've probably tried it. But I always come back to my love of fabric and sewing! "
Sue and I
met through the Quimper Club when we both attended the 2001 annual meeting in
Quimper, Brittany. At that time she ran a very successful store aptly named “The
Pumpkin Patch”. Sue’s blog is a feast for the eye, not only does she share with us the
projects that she is currently working on but takes us travelling around the UK and the
US, to the many museums and quilt shows that she visits with her quilting
I’d like to thank Sarah for inviting me on the tour and you, too, for your company today.
on Monday, the 18th
for the next sequence of the Blog Land Tour.