Monthly Archives: December 2015

Papier peint, fond d’écran, wallpaper

Wallpaper- not something I thought I would ever use in any house of mine. France is even changing my decorative sensibilities. This genuinely vintage French paper is a typically recognisable piece from the 19thc. I even have shred or two … Continue reading

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Cafe culture in lovely Limoux

Now, regular readers know that we like our cafe culture and the opportunities for people and place watching that it affords. You have to love a place with a climate that allows you to indulge in this hobby outside for … Continue reading

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The Thursday One – Happy Christmas to me

This is one of my Christmas presents to myself. It is not one of my 99p bargains or from a charity shop or troc. But, when something is perfect for a space I have to have it. I even know … Continue reading

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Signs and portents

So, there’s nothing like a highly pertinent quote to stop you in your tracks. I photographed this painted sundial on the side of a house whilst waiting for the bus to Carcassonne. There are some good photos of French sundials, … Continue reading

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Christmas ?

So it’s almost Christmas “France says” asks how we all celebrate this – see http://francesays.com/ I have only just got the tree up (don’t ask) and the gifts wrapped (nearly) so am less organised than  ever this year. One likely … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- and why do I put myself through this?

So, this week a series of incidents have reminded me that I skate close to the border of being a nutcase. Not least, the Renovation Stress-Witch control freakery. Trev has time on his hands, he suggests going over to France … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three – Chinese Demi-lune lacquered table

Today, in deference to repeated hints by Ms Poshbirdy I am finally posting this lovely table. From my favourite internet auction site, this was a “collect only” job, but everytime I win a special piece like this , my day … Continue reading

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