Sunday, 21 July 2013

Life in the slow lane

After the excitement of Bastille Day life in our corner of Normandy has been quieter this week.
During the cooler early hours of the day I took time out to appreciate the garden and sitting on the patio reading some new books on my Kindle.
At the moment I'm enjoying reading "Growing Old Outrageously: A Memoir of Travel, Food and Friendship" by Hilary Linstead and Elisabeth Davies.

(I know I said I wouldn't ever get a Kindle, but I finally succumbed and now wonder how I managed to get by for so long without an English daily newspaper).

The Senior Partner, in anticipation of his upcoming retirement, second time around, has splashed out on a new "bridge" camera.

I have inherited his cast off Panasonic point and shoot and have been test driving it around and about.

Joining Mary @ the little red house for another Mosaic Monday.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Bastille Day - petit dejeuner

Fireworks lit the dark night sky at midnight as our neighbours began to celebrate July 14th, Bastille Day.

Since we Brits are a little more sedate we celebrated the special day with a late breakfast of coffee and croissants and a little bit of Gallic red, white & blue.

blue & white hand painted Quimper plates add Breton charm

as does the 18th c Petit Breton on this HB picher,
always a useful and decorative piece.
The delicious croissants were bought fresh from the boulanger's van as he made his early morning round through our village.

the blue and white hand painted Quimper plates each have a nautical motif
the pretty white blossom on these branches has a wonderful perfume,
sadly I do not know what tree this is as it was already thriving in the garden 17 years ago when we arrived in Normandy
bon appetit

Joining the following hostesses this week
the Tablescaper and Seasonal Sunday #161
the Magical Mystical Teacher, Gemma & Rose for Shadow Shot Sunday 2
Mary @ the little red house for Mosaic Monday