Sunday, October 9, 2016

Great day out playing hunt the Murals in Angouleme

Having moved on from our trip to La Creuse we then headed for Angouleme and found a fabulous campsite 6klm out of town (Camping du Plan d'eau), and as a bonus we found a cycle route that took us through a park and alongside the Charente river right into town. The whole cycle ride was infused with the gorgeous fragrance of the Elaeagnus hedging.

Armed with a town plan which had all the wall murals numbered think there were about 20 in all. We never found them all despite spending 6 hours walking the streets, but it did make the day more interesting to say the least. My feet were less impressed.

Stock photo of  Hergé & TinTin

The International Comic Strip Festival d'Angoulême did nothing but grow with the help of great geniuses as the great Moebius, Hugo Pratt (creator of Corto Maltese), Hergé (The Adventures of Tintin), Will Eisner (The Spirit ), Enki Bilal or grand prize winners like Albert Uderzo (Asterix), Bill Waterson (Calvin and Hobbes) or Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball). 

Hugo Eugenio Pratt was an Italian comic book creator who was known for combining strong storytelling with extensive historical research on works such as Corto Maltese. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2005. 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

A trip to see a fellow Crafter

 I have spoken with Lynne for a few years now on Face Book and a few weeks ago said  we must meet. A date was set and hubby and I set of and decided to make a holiday of it, first stop La Creuse.
Spent two days with Lynne and we had great fun, why does time fly when you are having so much fun 
 The amount of creations in Lynne's workshop is real eye candy
She creates fabulous cushions using her Embroidery machine

 Lynne is a true lover of owls which becomes obvious when you start looking on the shelves
Stunning door hangers for any occasion
 The machine that does what it's told, and when, a real treat to watch it in action
Just a few of her lavender sachets all so beautifully finished and the smell is intoxicating 
A variety of lace bracelets, love the Ying & Yang
Wine Bottle Holders in French & English
Lynne's latest Chucks
 And lets not forget Shades who  has to know everything that's going on. All in all a fabulous trip and if it wasn't for face book we would never have met. Thank you Lynne for sharing your home and showing me your beautiful workmanship and atelier. Lynne is on Etsy and her Face Book page if you want to pop over and say hello and see what else she has been making.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Pootling Along the Canal Du Midi

Less than 2 hours from home is the Canal Du Midi,so we put the bikes on the back of the camper and arrived late morning, light lunch and then headed off on the bikes along the canal which is perfect for cycling as the path is flat with long straight stretches with just enough corner turns that make you want to see what is round the next corner. There are 91 working locks  along it's 240klm course and Louis XIV ordered work to begin on the canal in 1667 and has been hailed as "Most remarkable feats of Civil Engineering"

Sadly the 42,000 beautiful plane trees that were planted in the 1830s have developed a fungus and so far over 13,850 trees have been felled and burnt on the spot, trees are being replanted but will take many years for them to look as spectacular as they do today. All in all a great little break.

 Not a selfie I might add
 you could cycle along the paths for a long as your butt didn't object, did about 12klms  and had a gel seat to stop any aches, worked a treat too.

Cassoulet is great but not in the summer

 Boat entering lock
Gates close and it's fascinating watching the boat rise
Up she comes
 and away she goes

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Flower seller of Aleppo

When you look at this sad story it reminds you of how grateful we should be and how there's people in these countries that have almost nothing but are less worried than we are. May he R.I.P and may he find the best of flowers in heaven.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Viaur Valley with our Old Camper

Just back from a 3 day trip out in our very old camper van to the Viaur Valley. Beautiful campsite by the river at Lagarde Viaur. Great little break - hard to believe it's only an hour and a half from home!

 Did an 11klm walk up one side of the river and back along the otherside
 Loads of brambles to be had on the way
 Well this makes our camper look very modern :)
 Beautiful wooded walkways
 Our old camper
 On the campsite 10 paces from our camper
 Blow and make a wish
Beautiful but very invasive Japanese Knotwood
 Glorious situation this house has
 Happy sheep
 Saw several Herons on the walk

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Half Way through August

I love sitting with a glass of wine and listening to the water fall on the stones
 Second flowering of my only Delphinium, hoping for more next year
Belle du Jour such a lovely sweet scented two tone flower
 Needed to make a curtain to try and keep the heat at bay, worked fine but if windy looks like I have just hung out my washing.
 A new tote for my shop
 A  Holly Blue Butterfly, impossible to catch in flight to show the intense blue
Well this is a fabric that by choice I would never have chosen in a month of Sunday's. My sons choice for his camper.
 And another for the shop, although very tempted to keep just for me
Yes one for me just for a change
 A very long scarf
Penstemon seems to be a dwarf this year, last year it was twice the height, still very pretty.
A very Tweet Apron on it's way to meet it's new owner

And a delicious on the comb chunk of honey from my neighbour. I nearly added have a good weekend and then realised it's only Tuesday.... duh!!! but wishing you a Happy Weekend when it comes. xx

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