Sunday, 24 September 2017

A family holiday in the Provence ....

Since we have been home for a couple of weeks now, it's high time for a post about our holiday in France.

Despite an unfortunate fall just before we left, which made our holiday look
 something different than we had in mind, we had a wonderful time.

Luckily we already booked a room halfway our trip in Dijon - where
 we had a lovely wander to stretch our legs and my injured back had a good rest afterwards ....



After another day travelling we arrived at our welcoming 'home from home' for the next two weeks ....

 

After some relaxing (and still a little sedated by painkillers ) days at our private pool .... 


I took the plunge to have a little trip to the picturesque commune Port Grimaud
where we also had a lovely meal with a view ....



A few days later we also visited the market town Lorgues to visit the weekly market ....



And it was in the same town where I found this gorgeous authentic french linen .... 


After a week we went (very early) for a visit to the wonderful city Nice to pick up
 our middle son who would join us for the second week.
After a super fast visit to the airport, we had Crêpes for breakfast at the beach ....


And afterwards a lovely visit to the old town 'Vieille Ville' of this colourful city ....





And the wonderful Place Masséna ....


Surrounded by the most beautiful flowers ....


After passing this wonderful wine estate several times, a visit to Château d'Astros  was a real must .... 






A lovely photo taken by my sister-in-law ....


Though we've visited the Provence many times before, we never been to the lovely
 town Sainte-Maxime ....


Overlooking the bay of Saint-Tropez ....


Beautiful white Oleander everywhere ....


Gorgeous doggies ....


Lovely squares ....


And where I bought my lovely dress from Blanc du Nil ....


And last but not least we visited the historic city Aix-en-Provence ....



With so many beautiful details on almost every facade ....




We had such a good time as a family, not in the least because of the 
lovely company by my-sister-in law
(the next photo also from her hand) and her husband.
All those precious moments and all the beauty around our holiday
 home was so hard to left behind ....








And now, back home again, we immerse ourselves
 with all beauty and cosiness Autumn brings.
Like lovely autumnal walks ....


On my new Boots ....


And having a cuppa in lovely company Emoticon Facebook mouse


Getting cosy indoors with a warm Fleece Blanket ....


And outdoors with an autumnal display in this Zinc Container ....


Keeping the french vibes alive (and thinking already about Christmas)
 with this authentic French Linen Table Runner ....


The last few weeks have been very busy, adding new autumn items to the Website 
If you fancy a look, all can be found on here! 

Have a lovely Sunday evening, have a good week!

Anita
~xo~

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Chatsworth



With our next holiday only a week away, I really felt I first had to write a post about our visit to the beautiful
  Chatsworth House and Gardens in England last May. 


We started our tour visiting the impressive house, where at that time the lovely exhibition
 House Style exploring five centuries of fashion and adornments at Chatsworth was held.
 (you can still visit until October 22nd) 

This was our view when we entered this stunning place ....


I really think I was born to late, seeing all those gorgeous dresses ....


Keeping our head also up high ....



Lots of rooms to watch from the inside ....


Would settle right away for this en suite bathroom ....


I bought some wrapping paper at the Orangery shop inspired by this lovely wallpaper ....


One of the many rooms with a view ....


Table and textile details of the Gucci exhibition at Chatsworth ....


Even fell in love with the tiles in the public toilets ....


After a lovely mooch around the house and shop we went into the Garden(s) and our first sight was the beautiful Cascade ....



The Labyrinth ....


With Tulips everywhere ....









And we met a lot of wildlife on our way ....



Also a lot of exceptional Sculptures ....


But my absolute favourite was the Cottage Garden, and now I also want just an entrance as this one in our front garden ....









Serious greenhouse envy ....



Lovely details and views at the Kitchen Garden ....





And again so many enchanting Bluebells ....


So very happy to find the last package of Bluebells seed at the shop, just waiting there for me ....


Not long now before we leave for France. 
Where we, besides having a holiday, also will be sourcing for new brocante items for the shop.
Like this Vintage French Table Runner which is very popular at the website right now .... 


In the meantime the Shop will still be open, but any orders made after August 16 will not be dispatched until September 4.

For now I just can't wait to enjoy a warmer climate and less rain.
The last few weeks I've been playing rescue with my late mums Rose Tree,
in order to save its gentle flowers from the rain ....


And made a lovely display in this small Jane Hogben Daisy Jug ....



Hope to see you here again in September, a bientôt!

Anita
~xo~