mardi 4 août 2015

Can I help you Monsieur?

This morning after Mark had left for La Poste I went into our bedroom and there was a man waving at me from outside the window.

Bearing in mind that the chateau is a tall building and our bedroom is very high up this was quite a feat!!! 

I had not been on the vin rouge, had a chocolat overdose at the patisserie or even been eating mushrooms from the marsh.

This smiling Monsieur was wearing blue overalls and was on the important end of a cherry picker crane!

Paparazzi? Peeping Tom with heavy equipment? Very persistent flasher? Georgle Clooney with the ring? NO!!

At last, the EDF has arrived to up our electricity voltage. When we took the keys to the chateau it had been empty for 10 years and we immediately had it rewired for safety.

 However, our power has always been low and we could never use the cooker and kettle and microwave at the same time! If the oven is working and you switch the kettle on the lights go dim. In fact, come to think of it, the microwave has NEVER worked.   Sure enough the turntable moved but nothing ever got hot or defrosted. 

How exciting when they have finished!! I shall have a festival of electrical equipment usage all at once and shall make a cup of tea, whilst microwaving a jacket potato, whilst tumble drying some textile, machine washing more and finally operating the oven.

I shall of course wait for the mystery monsieur to leave the building as I would hate to throw him from his ladder with an electrical jolt of activity.

We are planning our truffling trip for next week. I am so looking forward to hitting the road and seeing what turns up en route.

A la prochaine mes belles......

vendredi 24 juillet 2015

Always have your snout in the truffling trough.............

I almost passed by a small brocante today as very rarely have I found anything there. With a heavy heart and ready for disappointment I pushed open the door and right in front of me.......

Old textile boudoir boxes and cherub vignettes!!!!

You know my passion for old textile boxes!!!!

That just reminds me to keep my truffling snout in every trough possible!

Bon weekend mes belles

lundi 20 juillet 2015

Merci mes belles

Thank you to everyone who came  to see me this weekend. How wonderful to put some faces to names but perhaps not such a pleasure for some of you though to see my ugly mush!!

The weather forecast for Shepton was dire but instead it started dry and then lurched into a full hot Summers day sunburn all round!!

Just got home to the chateau and divine to see my boys Charles and Diggers.

Last night was spent in the  Premier Inn near to the ferry port so we could get an early start. Heavens it was SO warm in there!!! The hotel has a policy of making their windows open just four inches in case someone should try and hurl themselves out! I was so hot at about 4 a.m that I was desperate for air. I spent a good 30 minutes with my face pressed to that tiny gap trying to catch a breath and almost have 2 permanent creases down my cheeks from the window frame!! 

Thank you to Dee and David for their wonderful hospitality and food that was second to none. I am their unofficial adopted daughter, although they do not know it yet and will have a shock when the paperwork drops on their mat and they find they are the proud owners of a 50 something half French chocoholic. I haven`t slept in my wonderful bedroom there for over 20 years but it is still MY bedroom in that divine 400 year old thatched cottage and just felt like going home. 

Normal-ness whatever that is will resume tomorrow mes belles


mercredi 15 juillet 2015

Here I come...ready or not....

Bridport Rag and Rummage and Shepton Flea here I come......ready or not.

Don`t ask....but I can confirm that I have discovered crutches can make a fabulous weapons!!

A la prochaine mes belles


dimanche 5 juillet 2015

July dates for simply-chateau

So....decision made regarding all these attic clearance boxes....

Saturday 18th July I shall be selling here.....

And then on Sunday 19th July, I shall be at The Shepton Mallet Flea Market at the Bath & West showground. I shall be on an outside pitch and I am hoping the weather will be kind. I do not know where the pitch will be so I will try and put my French flag as high as possible!!

I have endless boxes of attic clearance fripperies to reduce as my stock room is out of control! Textiles, trims, brocante..............

Looking forward to seeing old friends and new!

A la prochaine mes belles..


vendredi 3 juillet 2015

To flea or not to flea....that is the question....Shepton Flea...non or oui?

I still have boxes and boxes from the last three attic clearances to sort out. Textiles, trims, lace, brocante.....

Shepton flea is looming in July and the last time I had a stand with the first load of boxes it was a roaring success.

To flea or not to flea that is the question!!!

Have a great weekend mes belles


jeudi 2 juillet 2015

Back home to Sir Digbert...........

Back at the chateau and reunited with my "Grand amour" Sir Digbert Fanshaw Brownshaw.

I was so worried to leave him as he had been so ill just before we left. It was discovered he is diabetic and we have to give him insulin injections daily.

Our good friends cared for him so well and we arrived home to find him like a new boy, bouncing with health and so perky.

I am now unpacking our fabulous haul of treasures but this old money box is one for me...especially as it has a Diggers on the top!

A demain mes belles

jeudi 25 juin 2015

Gin and lavender....

Provence is always wonderful! It`s 34 degrees and I am ensconced on a cushioned lounger by the pool surrounded by lavender, lemon trees, olive trees and the call of the cicadas. Gin and tonic with ice? Oh yes please don`t mind if I do.

We did some truffling on the way down here and there is the most divine rose bedecked bed canopy in the car and I will try and photograph it later. I have some very pretty textiles and some quirky finds already, so today I can relax.

Another?....yes please with ice again.... merci.

I am looking forward to the weekend markets and last year I found some stunning 19th century printed cottons and a host of velvet millinery corsages. I always find the textiles are so pretty here ...hoping I can truffle some this year.

Another gin and tonic? I shouldn`t...but go on then I am on holiday.

Did I tell you about the bed canopy in the car?

Last night we sat out at 10pm in the still warm air on the village square...another gin...yup...I serperse it will be fine. Itsh very impertant to be hydrated in the sun.

In the cur there is a bid gallopy that I will fertogert tonight when the sun gers dooningtons.

Anuffer gin? Why nurt

Soooooo I arm ooon my ollidays in the serf of France. Did I menshun I ard a bid canoopart in the cur? Can you `ere the shicardders shinging? Thart limon tree is larning a bit to the larft...


mercredi 17 juin 2015

About who?

A good friend recently emailed me to ask me to check the "About me" page of an Etsy seller.

When I looked I couldn`t believe it!! She had copied my "about me " page from my last website word for word! It was so bizarre I didn`t know whether to be insulted or flattered.

Why on earth would someone want to do that? How can I be her or she be me?!! How can we have lived the same life of truffling for 30 years. She even copied my archive and my early years.

Surely she would want to show her own flair and style?

Perhaps I have become a twin without knowing it? 

I emailed her and asked her politely to remove it and she simply left it the same just changing the odd word here and there.

Well Madame...believe do not want to be me. Or if you feel you absolutely do... please head on up to the chateau....there is a heap of ironing, monogrammed sheets to be laundered, photographs to be taken and listings to be done!

Perhaps we should stage a duel to decide if she is "me"or if I am "me"?

Stepping from my soapbox as we speak...........

Tomorrow we will start filling up the Etsy shop with recent attic clearance items. It really all does have to go as my studio is totally out of control . We are going to list it all - everything from 19th century silk ribbon bows to Paris department store brochures. 

Next week we take our holiday to Provence. I say "holiday" but it`s really a trip of early morning truffling with afternoons spent lounging by the swimming pool in a tiny sleepy village. 

I shall post photographs of the truffling as we go.

But I do hope that Etsy lady has not got there already and taken my sunbed!!!

A la prochaine mes belles

mardi 26 mai 2015

Macaroons and Menace....

Our local pharmacien is making a stand against sugar and salt and has dressed his window to try and encourage us all to cut out baguettes and gateaux.

Which is fine except his shop is next door to the patisserie....

Not only do I smell freshly baked bread and eclairs but I also smell trouble!! 

A la prochaine mes belles..