dimanche 14 septembre 2014

Just let me truffle.....

A wonderful house call yesterday brimming with 18th and 19th century treasures.

I shall be starting to photograph and list it tomorrow but for today I am simply in heaven truffling through the boxes.

Sir Digbert is fine and my pumpkin is growing, so all is well at the chateau!!

A la prochaine mes belles

samedi 13 septembre 2014

And you think I am demented?

Received today a little note from a recent guest at a dinner party......

Dear Countess

Thank you so much for the lunch yesterday it was simply
 chateau delicious. I especially loved the steak pie, that was a true feat of culinary excellence. The surroundings
 in the chateau marquee were equally impressive. The 
structure appeared at first sight to be quite simple, but
once inside one was cast into a world which illustrated the opulence and confidence of chateauesque entertaining. The table, so loving laid, had a delicious flowing sculptural quality with its inventiveness and execution of display. The whole effect was one of sumptuous opulence, with a touch of playful frivolity. The cutlery and porcelain, so painstakingly arranged had a stunning repertory of symmetry and style, I straightaway noticed a sense of movement, almost liquid in the way each element teased the eye when viewed along the length of the banqueting table. The food, of course was splendid, each course in its own way celebrating the triumph of French chateau cuisine. with, at times, an English posh pub twist- very clever that.  When finally the desert arrived, the ice cream sundae said it all- a broad statement of change from our normal simple food to the very best that the top echelons of society can offer. In short, the nosh was great- thanks

...and now you know why I am daft! It`s my friends fault!!!

vendredi 12 septembre 2014

A huge relief...


It has been a frantic couple of days as my beloved Sir Digbert Fanshaw Brownshaw had to have surgery.

At 14 years old there was a risk for him but it had to be done.

Needless to say I cried all the way to the surgery to deliver him, cried all day he was away and then cried with relief when we collected him! Yes I know........get a grip woman!

He is full of stitches but so perky you wouldn`t believe!

That`s my boy.

Have a wonderful weekend mes belles.

I have a house call to do that promises to be full of treasures....I shall keep you posted/

A la prochaine


mercredi 10 septembre 2014

Simply Chateau is pleased to announce....

After throwing down the gauntlet to all our friends to see who could grow the biggest pumpkin by Halloween  I have been receiving photographs of their huge yellow and orange specimens all ready for the competition evening.

After planting my seeds along with everyone else I had lots of foliage but no pumpkin at all.

Everyday I have visited the plants, checked , watered, fed, prodded, pampered, sung, wailed in dismay and as a last resort gave them a team talk about production and giving their all for the chateau reputation.

Finally I am pleased to announce the arrival of my specimen. It has been a long painful process and as you will see from the photographs he appears to be "green" and not yellow. I am not even sure he is a pumpkin at all and I am slightly worried he may be a courgette!

However, despite his unusual appearance he shall be greatly loved and cosseted and he shall be called "WINNER"!!!

He has a few weeks to grow huge!!!

Watch this space mes belles


dimanche 31 août 2014

Sunday truffling.....

Our Local History Society opened a pop-up shop at a nearby village vide grenier today.

It was textile heaven; definitely my favourite haunt of the day. I didn`t know where to start. 

The window display was full of 1920s, 30s and 40s hats.

Everything had been painstakingly labelled and priced and those wonderful ladies must have worked SO hard to get the goods from the old closed down shop ready.

Linens, lace, period costume,  gloves, old Paisley shawls, fragments of needlepoint, textile morceaux, old cottons and threads, 1940s shoes......the list goes on.

They had also cleared out and put up for sale some fancy dress clothing which had been saved from 
numerous village carnivals over the years - and the ladies from the society giggled like school girls as they transformed Mark into Toulouse Lautrec - or was it, perhaps, Abraham Lincoln!

It was a very very long day but my truffled hoard is wonderful. Now this coming week I have to photograph and list it all.

A la prochaine mes belles

mercredi 27 août 2014

Flappers...the roaring 20s...

I so love this compilation............

What an incredible era!!

A la prochaine mes belles


vendredi 22 août 2014

Just look at me now!

Remember me like this?

Oui? Well just look at me now!!!

Charles le Baron du Breuil.....spoiled rotten at Le Petit Chateau!!

Bon weekend mes belles, brocantes galore here this weekend.


jeudi 14 août 2014

Grease my ears............

This local chateau was in ruins until someone bought it and began to renovate. The shutters were broken and hanging off and the brambles almost concealed the whole building. It was a little like the enchanted castle where sleeping beauty lay until the prince chopped his way through! Every time I pass I have to stop and peer through the railings.

One day I am going to get my head stuck between them and you are going to have to come and grease my ears to get me out!! Actually if you are going to do that just remove me with the railings around my head....I could think of lots of uses for them here!! I always wonder if someone is looking back at me through one of those windows saying " That wierdo is back again"!

As we speak there is still no sign of a pumpkin but I have discovered we seem to have all male flowers and no female flowers. There is a huge amount of testosterone in the pottager vegetable patch at the moment. Perhaps there is some kind of a pumpkin flower dating agency where my plant could pick up a mate? 

I am still trawling through the chateau textiles and this latest pair of Lyon silk boudoir curtains may be faded as they have been tied back for so long but oooh la la  they are beautiful!

And then we discovered this batch of gorgeous glass covered orchard labels that were apparently used in the orangerie where the seedlings were started.

Firstly...they do not open so how did they seal the paper labels inside?

Secondly...who cares they are delicieux!!!

A la prochaine mes belles

lundi 11 août 2014

What a gale................

I am trying to photograph this beautiful silk and velvet chateau pelmet in a lashing gale!

More than once both the pelmet with me attached has almost flown over the marsh.

It is a little like the Mary Poppins film where she flies in over the roof tops holding her bag.....except that I will be clutching a swag and tail pelmet with a Jack Russell terrier Sir Digbert Fanshaw Brownshaw clinging to my 

If I manage to get it photographed I will list it tonight. If it is not listed please check your rooftop for I may be there hanging on to your chimney.

As we speak there is still no pumpkin!!!

samedi 9 août 2014

Venice wings............

Everywhere you turn....there are wings in Venice!

I have to wait until next February for my next Venice fix!

I took the new blog header photograph whilst walking around the old part of the graveyard on the island in Venice. I remember being intrigued by the ballet shoes and flowers and never copied down the details. Now I am so desperate to find the name and the history behind it. It will be the first stop for me when I get back there.

Alas still no pumpkin........

Have a wonderful weekend mes belles