Sunday, October 23, 2011
Will catch up with you all soon! 'Les garcons' are off school for a week and I have a few lovely things that I have been holding back posting yet on Etsy... so keep an eye on it! I am predicting a great week ahead! (Especially now since I have gotten this 'one year older' thing behind me!)
Bonne semaine mes amis! Hope you had a wonderful Sunday too!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Here in Normandy the first true sign that fall is approaching is les pommiers which are absolutely loaded with apples--it looks as if they might just bend over and touch the ground. Basse Normandy, where we live, is in the Calvados region--'Calvados' is an apple brandy, served both as an aperitif and also as a meal ending 'shot'...and it really does pack a punch! When I am in the mood--I much prefer 'Pommeau' which is the girly-liquor version of Calvados--which is a mix of apple juice and brandy; milder, sweeter and not so strong....
This past weekend--the gorgeous October weather inspired us to make plans to hang around outside and throw an impromptu "Paella" party--not so French, I know--but we LOVE paella and have been dying to try out our pan that we bought at 'Sur La Table' in Seattle, right before moving. ('Sur la Table'--French, non?)
Here's how it turned out ....
You may notice the vintage bottle drying rack that became the centerpiece for the table. I couldn't resist using it--and that night it was fabulous with the little tea-lights lit.
If you think I seem to be procrastinating about sharing Sunday's brocante adventure--you are right. On Sunday morning--after waking and recovering from the soirée of the previous night (ie-cleaning up)....I let 'French Guy' chose the venue for the day--a small sale in Le Havre. Small? Yes. Sale? Yes. Brocante.....or even remotely 'French Vintage'......uh.....no. I am not letting him chose again. It was a total strike-out...it was a very well organized (and indoor!) junk sale; perfect only if you were looking for used toys, clothing, kitchen appliances, or baby equipment--not so much for those of us looking for shabby, chippy, cottage, farmy, Frenchie.......Quelle dommage. 'French Guy'--you are fired.
Well that's it then mes amis. I would say 'tune in this coming Sunday'--but I am not sure what the day will bring--this next Sunday is my birthday! Remember? Another reason why I love October? So I may just have to be forced to stay in bed on Sunday morning where I will be served hot coffee and warm pain au chocolate ...surrounded by my perfectly behaving, bright and cheery 'enfants'....who present me with hand-crafted birthday cards that I read while sipping my Mimosa...all while having my feet massaged.......ah, well.....a girl can dream.
Bonne Semaine, mes amis!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
I had never been to Cormeilles before last Sunday--it's a sweet little town 40 minutes from where we live, and I most definitely would go back! There are plenty of shops, cafes and a few very good antique stores and brocantes ...
|The one I bought is on the right! The one I wished I bought on the left!|
Oh, and there is my 'Patisserie' sign! I have followed it all summer--have seen it at more than a few brocantes--I have never asked the price, but I am sure it is tres cher, because it never sells and instead keeps showing up every weekend at the sales... I am not only waiting to be able to afford it, but also to have a house large enough to place it high on a wall.... J'adore! It's for me....someday! I am certain.
Under threatening cloudy skies, we stayed almost 3 hours--trying to see it all. In the end I came home with a fabulous large green 'herisson' (French bottle drying rack), a few red-striped antique linens, a wicker covered jar, and a white- shabby-chippy-perfect French flower bucket... in addition to the bird cage! (the little one...). We even indulged in a little puce 'street food' of Merguez sausage and pomme frite....while heading back to the car just in time to dodge a few sprinkles....
Hope you had a bonne Sunday too!
A bientot mes amis!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Fall is here ... again. We just finished an almost two-week string of gorgeously sunny and warm (80ish) days. Happy me, I never got around to putting away my summer wardrobe. Yesterday, October 4th., I had on white shorts and a t-shirt--I know shame! It is after US Labor Day--and I am still in white! But it is so summer-like here in Normandy--a treat to have this weather while my Boston-parents were in town...but now they have left (les sigh) and I have to say I am okay with the slightly grey and cloudy weather that has arrived this morning to see them off.
These guys .... mais, quelle dommage.... they were a bit tres cher for my budget at 200 euro, I just couldn't swing it. Then after walking away, everything else I saw seemed less than interesting.... which was okay because I was really enjoying the stroll with my parents, French Guy and Petite Fille.
The rest of the weekend we spent exploring around ... with the weather so great, jumping in the car and just going for a walk around a nearby town makes for a perfect afternoon. We had an amazing lunch, beachside in Villerville with my in-laws and my parents and then later a light-dinner of bread, cheese and cold meats to end our Sunday.....summer-like, non?
This Sunday I am going 'off the book' and going to a 'puce' in a town about 30 minutes from home we have not explored before. Stay tuned for details! I am excited! Until then, with Mom and Dad leaving this morning, the next few days will be spent getting back to the normal 'routine', doing a few loads of laundry, editing some photos (yes! still working my way through the wedding shots!) and working on my new blog! Yes--I am launching a French-food and culture blog---soon, after the catch-up!... and still adjusting to my new laptop....
Bonne semaine mes amis! See you again soon!