Category Archives: Art, design and inspiration blog

paintings, photos, textiles & creative stuff

Carpe Diem part 2- Back in the UK and a timely perspective on life and music and poetry

Our UK visit was an opportunity to see our good friends Richard and Lisa and Lisa’s father John Hammond. John is a fascinating, well read and well travelled man who lived in South Africa for many years. His passions include … Continue reading

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Carpe diem part 1 – and some thoughts on going back to the UK

So I flew back to the UK last Thursday night for work and a face to face family catch- up. My third trip back since May and Trev’s first!   This sunset view from the Toulouse-Blagnac airport restaurant, Le8me Ciel … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- cushions for me

Last weekend I took a break from making up cushions to sell and used some pieces from my stash of antique and vintage embroideries to make up cushions for the French house. Left- large needlepoint woolwork panel in Arts & … Continue reading

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Friday night out at the Café de Fa

Highly recommended if you are in the Aude. Last Friday night every month at the cafe de fa Very good fish and chips and chocolate moelleux plus Anne de Joyeuse house wine. Music by the Zap Jazz Trio; who last … Continue reading

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Episode 162- The herringbone kitchen ceiling realised

From this left to this right-photos via these links first stage second stage How? We removed the grotty ceiling tiles (if you are following in our footsteps, PLEASE check that these tiles are not asbestos based!) Clean underside of ceiling … Continue reading

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Monday, and the weekend’s booty

Saturday saw us trawling the big Vide Grenier that forms part of Espezel’s agricultural and artisan fair Foire Espezel It’s very beautiful up there in the Plateau de Sault, but at nearly 900 m above sea level, the drop in … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- copper, verse and Turkish rugs

I know copper kettles are a bit of a cliché in French country kitchens but I do like the ones with indigo and white folk painted ceramic handles and was very happy to find this one whilst out trawling with … Continue reading

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