Saturday, 6 June 2009

Brittany cont.

After meandering northwards into Normandy we headed for the Cathedral Square of Coutance for a welcome cup of tea and " must have " cake at a lovely little Salon de The.
 Coutance is a lovely city and we have in the past had lunch in the restaurant opposite the Cathedral on a couple of occasions when Lizzie and I have been there , it is a favourite of ours and there are one or two places we visit in the area, the last time we were there we visited Les Halles and enjoyed the decor shops , it is quite a smart place and well worth a visit.

Hotel des Isles
This is our favourite little Hotel on the coast, it looks right out to sea to Jersey, we always book one of the rooms in the roof where the views are amazing and you are rocked to sleep by the sound of the sea, which is really loud as it is so close . The owners are also decorators and have a shop in Barneville-Carteret so the decor in their two Hotels reflect this and are stunningly simple.

Girls on Tour

I have just had a lovely two day trip with my friend Penny who has had a knee replacement and this was her treat after weeks of being confined.
We took the overnight to St Malo with the usual lovely dinner eaten as we sailed from Portsmouth, the restaurant was packed with enthusiastic diners, I think it is so shortsighted to withdraw the restaurant from a lot of the crossings and just have the self service..they must have their reasons.
The ramp went down to a wonderful sunny morning, I follow the weather on the Anglo/Breton web site and to my relief it has steadily improved all week. Both of us had not been to Dinan for some years so decided to have a visit, unfortunately Claude who is a textile dealer was on holiday this week so we were not able to visit her  but it was market day ..I love French Markets,the artisan bakers and basket makers so much part of the scene.
Down the side streets off the market sqaure in the old Town are many suprises and specialist shops...just look at this , a costume maker ..look at those shoes !

we then drove down to the "Port" which is at the head of the Rance Estuary and did a spot of watching the world go by over a coffee .... It is wonderful how quickly one can slip into the lifestyle given good weather , I love the whole cafe thing

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Classic treasure

I just love this classic blue and white ! I have spent ages getting the dirty marks out of this without loosing the writing!! it is a few meters long and would make the most gorgeous blind !!
I can just imagine it.
 I think things like this are so exciting, this was a treasure found for us and brought by Ticky, go girl go and find us some more !

Heaven or what!

My Birthday, sun shining time with good friends , fresh coffee , the sea!.....what a lucky girl I am.
I got some lovely nautical bits for my office and studio, furthering my seaside " thing " I was born a few miles from the sea and am so happy to be close again. I did live on a boat in Canada , in the summer I hasten to add !
for the feel of the sea take a look at this web site!

Christmas In June !

Caroline and I have booked the hall in Bridport for November 28th to do a Christmas Market 

So you have lots of time to think about it and keep those special little bits you see that would be just right . Time to make lots of lovely gifts and package up textiles for those that want to do their own sewing.
Pretty china etc , glass perhaps  let your imagination roam I am sure we can come up with a colourful festive day and have great fun.Get your names down if you are interested.

Christmas In June !