lundi 26 septembre 2011

The swan is preparing to fly home................

Heavens! My feet hardly seem to have touched the floor for the last week or so!

 Firstly the tale of how we found the ballet costumes from The Paris Opera Ballet. We had met up with Tartelette Amy from Oregon in Paris and we went to a huge early morning brocante. All bright eyes, bushy tailed and full of excitement at what the days finds would bring. In the early morning light the dealers began opening up their lorries and vans and spreading their wares on tables and floor cloths.

It is at this point you never know where to look, a delicious and very addictive gentle panic begins to rise and you have to try and find treasures emerging from a hundred places at once.

I rounded a corner into a huge pile of frothy ballet tutus, boxes of costume tiaras  and silk boddice and my heart leapt....soft pinks, blues, white, creams, sequins, beads, plumes..then my heart hit the floor as I saw a woman on her knees in the middle of it all gathering it all towards her.

Should I wait to buy what little morceaux she may discard? But if she has any sense she will surely take it all and I will stand here watching open mouthed and miss any other treasures being unpacked.

I resigned myself to walking away when my heart leapt out of my chest as I realised the woman on her knees was Tartelette!!! Can you believe that? A look of sheer joy on her face in the middle of it lost in her own world !

All she could say as she sat there grasping a pink tutu and a swan lake plumed costume was"Oh my goodness..............................Oh my goodness.....................Oh my goodness". She was so overwhelmed to try and choose what she wanted.

Other textile dealers were starting to gather so I quickly told her to shut up and grabbed it out of her hands and started to bag it up!!  Being "besties" good friends I can do that!!!  We got the whole lot bagged up and we agreed that we would sort out who wanted what later! I knew then it would be one for Tartelette and tutu for me!

Much later that day we sprawled it all out on the hotel lawn to see what we had and I do confess a few Demi Detourné, Pas de deux and Plié took place as we tried on the crowns and plumes!! Of course Tartelette had first choice from the haul ( I am not that mean.....she found the haul first!) and the difference is that she will keep her costumes to display and I will sell most of mine on!

I will not tell you too much about the treasured costumes Tartelette will take home with her as I know she will tell you that herself when she gets backs to the USA.

So as we speak, Tartelette is out on the chateau driveway packing her treasures to take the long flight home...............a little glimpse into those bags shows she has a wonderful haul!

All this after a trip to the local hospital with her yesterday after she fell ill......and whilst we were in the hospital all she could ask was "what time does the brocante close?". She has a serious addiction!

Finally the winner of the bag giveaway ( chosen by Tartelette)....there has to be two winners...Pop and Shabbily by the sea . So if you will send me your addresses to  All I can say is that you folk are harbouring some dangerous brains!!

Hopefully this week some kind of normality will kick in but oooooh if you could see the haul of treasures I have to work my way through and get certainly will not be a chore!!

6 commentaires:

  1. How lovely to share all of that excitement with you, and congrats to your lovely winners too..
    Lynn xx

  2. SO Heartwarming:))) I love reading about this amazing treasure hunt! I hope Tartelette is ok...I think she got too excited and her heart beat faster than ever before...I am sending that beautiful swan a halo to fly home with~~

  3. Thankfully the harboring of my dangerous brain has at last come in handy,thank you so much Trtlette for picking me i have never won anything before so i am over the moon xxx
    These pictures are divine and three cheers for Tartlette for diving in first,hope she is well and feeling much better xxx

  4. Thank you, and Tartelette, for your vote of confidence over my warped and twisted mind! I think however, that you had better award the prize to Shabbily-by-the-sea, as I'm sure the bag will suit her better than it would me. I am what is know as big, fat and hairy - not the sveldt chic type that the bag really goes with!

    As you can tell from my little writing, I am one of life's dreamers - but - and it's a BIG but, I am still looking for some really nice big heavy curtains for our house. That bit is a dream that did come true! I'm on my way back out to the Aquitaine again in a week or so, and your blog and web-pages have given me some inspiration to try a bit of truffling myself. I only hope that unlike the female side of your family, I am able to offer some restraint once I get there.....

  5. Tutus AND Laduree macaroons.... heaven, just heaven! xxxxx

  6. I know!! Kate ( froufrou)and Tartelette telephoned me from Laduree to say they were having macaroons on The Champs Elysees! Honestly!!!